### Maths - GCSE Mathematics / Statistics / Further Mathematics

**GCSE MATHEMATICS at KS4**

**What is the course about?**

**Examination Board: EDEXCEL Course Number: 1MA1**

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer mathematical problems by providing you with more core mathematics skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your mathematical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

**What skills and ideas will I learn?**

The topic areas covered in this qualification are: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability. All students will develop confidence and competence with the following skills: numerical calculation, mathematical representation and interpretation, selecting appropriate mathematics methods, logical reasoning, classifying, generalising, understanding pattern and relationships in mathematics.

**How is the course assessed?**

There are two tiers of entry, and the qualification will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three exam papers where 9 is the highest grade. The Foundation Tier will cover Grades 1 to 5 and the Higher Tier Grades 4 to 9. Each Tier has three equally weighted written examination papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each Paper is 90 minutes long. All three exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

**What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?**

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. GCSE Mathematics is a requirement for progression to a wide range of courses at Level 3. All students who do not achieve a 4 grade have to continue to study for a qualification in Mathematics post-16 whether they are in work, education or training. Students who are gifted in Mathematics will also take GCSE Statistics and GCSE Further Mathematics as part of their GCSE Mathematics course. Post 16, if you wish to take the subject further, a GCSE Mathematics Grade 6 or above gives you access to study A-Level Mathematics, which would provide you with an excellent basis on which to apply to universities for a wide range of courses. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A-Level Mathematics will be a definite advantage.

**GCSE STATISTICS at KS4**

**What is the course about?**

**Examination Board: EDEXCEL Course Number: 1ST0**

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer statistical problems by providing you with more skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your statistical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

**What skills and ideas will I learn?**

The topic areas covered in this qualification are: Data collection; Interpretation of data; Tabulation and representation; Measures of location & spread; Correlation & regression; Index and chain link calculations and Probability. All students will develop confidence and competence with the following skills: numerical calculation, mathematical representation and interpretation, selecting appropriate statistics methods, logical reasoning, classifying, generalising, understanding pattern and relationships in statistics.

**How is the course assessed?**

There are two tiers of entry, and the qualification will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across both exam papers where 9 is the highest grade. The Foundation Tier will cover Grades 1 to 5 and the Higher Tier Grades 4 to 9. Each Tier has two equally weighted written examination papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Each Paper requires the use of a calculator and is 90 minutes long. Both exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

**Who will take Statistics as an additional GCSE?**

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. However students with GCSE Mathematics and Statistics set themselves ahead of other students, giving increased access to A-Level Mathematics. Students who are gifted in Mathematics will also take GCSE Statistics and GCSE Further Mathematics as part of their GCSE Mathematics course. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A level Mathematics will be a definite advantage.

**GCSE FURTHER MATHEMATICS at KS4**

**What is the course about?**

**Examination Board: AQA Course Number: 8360**

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer mathematical problems by providing you with more core mathematics skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your mathematical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

**What skills and ideas will I learn?**

The topic areas covered in this qualification are: Number recall; Algebra recall; Geometry recall 1 and Geometry recall 2; Functions; Matrices; Rationalisation and the Factor Theorem; Quadratic sequences and limiting values; Solving equations; Simultaneous equations; Inequalities; coordinate Geometry; Equations of circles; Indices; Calculus; Trigonometric ratios and Identities and proof. All students will develop confidence and competence with these skills bridging the gap to A Level Mathematics.

**How is the course assessed?**

Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment of 1.5 hours and Paper 2, a calculator paper, is 2 hours in length. Both exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

**What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?**

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. Further Mathematics, would provide you with an excellent basis on which to apply to universities for a wide range of courses if you are not going to take your mathematical learning any further than GCSE. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A-Level Mathematics will be a definite advantage and Further Mathematics GCSE will have already given you a head start over other students.