What will be studied?
The GCSE Mathematics course will develop learners’ confidence, fluency and problem solving skills in the following mathematical areas:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
What will lead to success in this course?
Mathematics requires a great deal of hard work and effort by students in order to be successful. Regular attendance and full involvement in all the tasks and activities provided is essential. Homework must be completed to a high standard and submitted on time. It must be neat, accurate and well organised. Support will always be available when required. Mistakes are inevitable, but good mathematicians will learn from their mistakes and prepared to ‘have a go’ until they get it right.
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|Course code||Mathematics 1MA1|
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How is the course assessed?
The qualification consists of three equally weighted written examination exam papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. All three papers must be at the same tier of entry.
Paper 1: This is a non-calculator assessment
Paper 2: This is a calculator assessment
Paper 3: This is a calculator assessment
Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 80 marks. Each paper has a range of question types set in both Mathematical and non-Mathematical contexts.
Foundation tier: Grades 1 to 5 available
Higher tier: Grades 4 to 9 available
What will this qualification lead to?
Gaining a good GCSE Mathematics qualification is essential in order for students to take their place in the 21st century real world. Almost every single job or career will involve some element of Mathematics to a greater or lesser extent.
Students that gain a good pass in their GCSE Mathematics qualification would be suitable candidates to consider studying Mathematics at A level (or possibly even Further Mathematics at A Level). Beyond this, students can study for a Mathematics or related degree at university or secure well paid careers in accountancy, insurance, statistics, marketing, banking, retail, engineering, education and much more.