Course Outline – What will I learn?

All students in years 9, 10 and 11 study a maths course which leads to a GCSE entry at one of two different levels- Foundation or Higher.

Each course contains content from the different attainment targets – Number, Algebra, Shape and space, Data handling and Application.

At foundation level, content is up to Grade 5 and at Higher level, up to Grade 9.

To do well you need to:

  • Draw and measure accurately
  • Apply methods in order to solve problems
  • Display proficiency in on calculator skills
  • Remember key formulae
  • Work logically and show a clear understanding

How parents need to know

There will be homework set weekly, we set reload tasks to encourage the retrieval of math content from previous topics.

Revision guides are a useful resources to support learning in the lesson, we have revision guides and workbooks available for sale from the technicians in school.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 – Non calculator (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 2 – Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 3-  Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes)

Elements on all the papers will include:

Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.

Each paper will be worth one third of the total marks.

Potential further study and careers

If you achieve the top grades in your GCSE you can access the AS and A level mathematics courses.

A grade 5 in mathematics is on interest to all employers and educational institutions,

Many careers stem from maths qualifications including; teaching, finance, technical and scientific jobs, engineering, medicine, dentistry and nursing.

Additional Course information can be found at

Course Leader – J.Searle, Head of Mathematics on