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Mathematics

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Course: AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300)

Examination criteria:


Paper 1 - Non Calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 33% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Paper 2 - Calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 33% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Paper 3 - Calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 33% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Course Description

  • GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 - 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 - 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.
  • The course covers the following topics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.
  • A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Department Statement

Mathematics is essential to understanding life and the universe; is it more than just a subject of equations and sums. It is a subject of problem solving, organisation and analysis of data, resilience in challenging situations and logic.

Careers

Having good qualifications in Mathematics will allow you to study any A-Level at any college or provider. Good mathematics is essential for studying at the Russell Group universities and will provide the foundation for many future careers. For the first time, students today are studying for careers that have not been invented yet and for jobs that do not exist in today's world. Last year in America, a reported $10 billion was generated from the industry of app-development for iPads and smart phones. This career simply did not exist 5 years ago. The mathematical skill of logic, problem solving and resilience will be vital to all students in the future.

For more information contact Miss S Elvin (Director of Mathematics)