Key Stage 4 - GCSE Mathematics


All students study Maths at GCSE and the course builds on the mathematical foundations that were taught over key stage 3. 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.


Year 10

Year 10 follow either the higher or foundation scheme of work. The scheme of work builds on previous work, giving an opportunity to recap previous topics and then develop them further into new ideas and concepts. This allows students to consolidate their knowledge and see the links between the different aspects of Maths. Students are assessed on these units by a homework on each unit and a summative test every 3 units. They will also be assessed via 2 GCSE papers for their end of year exam in June. The topics covered are detailed below, together with links to revision resources. 

Year 10 Topics - Foundation
Year 10 Topics - Higher

Year 11

In year 11 we further assess student progress through mock examinations and they sit a full set of 3 GCSE mock papers in November and then again after the February half-term. These mocks are analysed and students are provided with areas of strengths and weaknesses to support and focus their revision. The class teachers also use this information to help address any gaps in knowledge or misconceptions that students have during lesson time.

The dates for the GCSE Maths exams are as follows: 

Paper 1 (Non-calculator)

Thursday, 21st May 2019 (am)
Paper 2 (Calculator)Thursday, 6th June 2019 (am)
Paper 3 (Calculator)Tuesday, 11th June 2019 (am)


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. Students are regularly given feedback from their class teachers so they know what their areas of weakness are so they can work on the Pixl Maths app effectively.

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. This year, period 6 runs throughout the year and are held afterschool on Monday and Thursday nights. 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