Mathematics GCSE

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

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • 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.

GCSE Mathematics at UTC Sheffield OLP includes a significant focus on student’s ability to problem solve and reason mathematically. Resilience is developed within students to ensure they can not only access GCSE mathematics but enjoy and thrive within the subject.

For higher ability students who are on a pathway to success GCSE statistics and/or Further Maths GCSE will be offered as an additional option.

Success within Mathematics is essential to ensure students can choose their future pathway of Further Study, either A Levels or Apprenticeships;

Course Content

The GCSE syllabus includes a range of topics from the following key areas

  1. Number skills
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio & Proportion
  4. Geometry
  5. Statistical Measures and Representation
  6. Probability

Each area will have questions based on the three assessment objectives shown overleaf.GCSE Mathematics Course Content Breakdown

How is the Course Assessed?

Examination Board:       Edexcel      Syllabus 1MA1

Foundation:

  • Paper 1: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, non-calculator
  • Paper 2: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, calculator
  • Paper 3: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, non-calculator

Higher:

  • Paper 1: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, non-calculator
  • Paper 2: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, calculator
  • Paper 3: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% weighting, non-calculator

Course requirements:

Students require the following equipment – pen, pencil, ruler, compass, protractor and scientific calculator.

For a full specification breakdown, please see

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf