Key Stage 4 - GCSE Mathematics

All students start studying for their Maths GCSE at the beginning of year 9. Students are taught in ability sets alongside other students of similar ability and who are aiming for similar target grades. We have a continual process of monitoring and assessing pupil progress to ensure that all pupils are making the progress that they should.

All students sit the AQA GCSE exam and are awarded a 9-1 grade. There are 2 tiers of entry for GCSE Maths and each pupil is entered for the appropriate tier, based on their ability and assessment results. Regardless of tier, all pupils sit 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.

The dates for the GCSE Maths exams are as follows:

Year 11 (Summer 2017)

Paper 1 (Non-calculator)

Thursday, 25th May 2017 (am)
Paper 2 (Calculator)Thursday, 8th June 2017 (am)
Paper 3 (Calculator)Tuesday, 13th June 2017 (am)

Year 10 (Summer 2018)

Paper 1 (Non-calculator) Thursday, 24th May 2018 (am)
Paper 2 (Calculator)
Thursday, 7th June 2018 (am)
Paper 3 (Calculator)
Tuesday, 12th June 2018 (am)

Additionally, for our most able mathematicians, top set sit the AQA certificate in further mathematics. This is a particularly challenging qualification that challenges pupils and gives them a deeper understanding of mathematics. It also acts as an excellent ‘bridging' unit for those considering taking A-level maths, as well as giving a taster for what A-level Maths is like for those that are unsure if it's for them.

Student support

To support pupils in reaching their potential in Maths, we also use the PiXL Maths app to consolidate student knowledge. This allows students to work on their identified areas of weakness by completing on-line tests, as well as watching videos that explain how to do certain topics. This is free for our pupils to use and can be found at http://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk.

We also run afterschool revision classes throughout the year that students may attend to boost their confidence in the subject and get extra help when they need it. We also have a programme of holiday revision sessions for our year 11 pupils to help them prepare for their exams.

Course and subject content

Click the link below for further information

AQA GCSE Mathematics Linear Specification 8300

AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics