It is compulsory to study GCSE Mathematics at Sixth Form level if you have not already achieved a grade 4 in Year 11. It is also a requirement for many higher educational courses as well as evidence to future employers of being numerate for the work place.
The skills needed to be successful
GCSE Mathematics requires an ability to be logical, accurate and precise. The syllabus has a broad content covering topics in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Probability and Data Handling. All strands need to be mastered showing an ability to apply the concepts to real life problems. Students need to be able to work through larger problems that do not have structure, outlining their steps of working to solve the problem.
Assessment and examinations
There are three exams all of equal marks: two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper. Students will be entered for the Foundation Paper. There is no controlled assessment.
Students will follow the Foundation tier syllabus building on their knowledge from Year 11. Each strand will be revisited and the key aspects practised using revision text books to aide private study. Past papers will be the main focus leading up to the exams with homework set in order to complete as many as successfully as possible.