Maths equations

Lessons

Maths is a compulsory GCSE for all students - if you do not achieve at least a grade 4 at GCSE you’ll have to continue with it as part of your study programme on finishing school, either in college or during an apprenticeship.

The content of your Maths GCSE is split into 6 themes:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

 Exams

Maths GCSE is assessed over the course of three exams taken in Year 11. Of the three papers, on is non-calculator paper and the other two are calculator papers. All make up a third of your final grade.

There are two tiers for the Maths GCSE and your teacher will decide which tier to put you forward for. The grades you can achieve will depend on your tier:

  • Foundation tier (grades 1 -5)
  • Higher tier (grades 4 - 9)

Skills

Maths gives you a wealth of skills including:

Confidence - in your skills, knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts

Perseverance & determination - in tacking the demanding content and seeing yourself improve 

Problem solving - by acquiring, selecting and applying appropriate mathematical techniques

Reasoning - the ability to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions

Logic - construct logical arguments and expose illogical ones

Numeracy - the ability to work with numbers

Analysis - the ability to visualise, articulate, conceptualise or solve problems by making decisions with limited information

What’s Next

Maths provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment. It is necessary for many A-level and uni courses including the sciences, humanities such as geography and social sciences such as psychology and economics. 

If you do wish to go to college and take A-levels, A-level maths great complement to many subject choices, whether it's to specifically show off you maths skill, or to show a different side to you if you choose to take humanities, languages or arts subjects. 

Resources

GCSE Bitesize Maths - Everything you could need to know about passing your GCSE maths. Alongside examples and explanations there's quick quizzes to test your knowledge.

Kingswood School - Revision cards so you've all you need to know on a few pages. 

Mr Barton Maths - Whatever your age or ability, Mr Barton Maths has an infinite number of quick questions to get yourself up to speed in time for that looming exam!

PixiMaths - Sample questions and depending on what grade you are aiming for.

Quick Wits Revision - 15 weeks of quick tests to get you through the exam period and test your knowledge.