Mathematics GCSE

Mathematics GCSE

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus: 1MA1

GCSE Mathematics is compulsory but the aim of the qualification is to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concept
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of
    forms appropriate to the information and context

Success within Mathematics enables students to progress to a number of Level 3 (A-level or equivalent) courses. It also shows an ability to apply logical and numerical reasoning, a skill which is highly valued by many employers.

Course Content
The syllabus is split into 20 Units:
Y9: Units 1-7
Y10: Units 8–15
Y11: Units 16-20 + Revision

Students are expected to work hard in class, be equipped, take pride in their work, maintain a revision folder and revise for unit tests as they go through the course. They are also expected to keep up with independent assignments on mathswatch or other online platforms, to reinforce
their learning in class. Some time will be given to this in class but there is an expectation that students will complete work at home. A homework support session will also be offered afterschool, one day a week for students who want to use our IT facilities, be supported by a teacher and get their work done at school.

How is the course assessed?
The course can be studied at:
Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5)
Higher Tier (Grades 5-9)

Both Tiers are assessed with three 1.5 hour examinations. One of the examinations is non-calculator.

Assessments will take place at the end of each unit, with students being supported in making and using revision resources. It is hoped that parents will assist in helping students use their revision materials at home. If good revision habits can be developed through Y9 and Y10,
students should arrive in Y11 with a more secure grasp of the course and with the skills required to prepare successfully for their final exams.

Formal summative assessments will also take place, typically twice per year.

Course requirements
It is expected that students have studied Maths at Key Stages 1-3 Maths. Students with
significant gaps in their prior learning may follow a modified curriculum at UTC where we work
to fill key gaps before starting on a slightly reduced GCSE course.

Equipment
It is essential that students arrive to lessons equipped with pen, pencil, ruler and Scientific Calculator. The recommended calculator for the course is the Casio FX83-GT. The functionality of this calculator (or similar ones) is needed on both Higher and Foundation Tier and students
will be unable to access the learning in many lessons if they turn up without one. We do buy these calculators in bulk and are able to sell them through the school office at discounted cost price. It is recommended that students paint their name onto their calculator in case they leave
it behind in a classroom. Should your child receive free school meals or you have financial difficulty, UTC Sheffield can support the purchase of a calculator. Please contact admin@utcsheffield.org.uk or telephone – 0114 260 3970.

Enrichment
Students with a particular interest in mathematics will get a range of opportunities to develop their skills and understanding beyond the school curriculum. We enter teams for local and national competitions and take students to “maths inspiration” events at the local Universities.
A weekly afterschool enrichment session aimed at mathematical problem solving also runs for students in Y10-13.

Where do I find out more information?
Ask Mr Musgrove, Curriculum Director Maths or the maths staff.
dmusgrove@utcsheffield.org.uk