Why do you have to study Mathematics?

Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in Key Stage 4. While studying mathematics you will:

  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
  • Use logic and reason to solve problems
  • Break down problems into small steps in order to solve them
  • Use the skills you learn to solve real life problems

There are a wide range of career pathways pertaining to this. These range from accountancy, banking and finance, engineering, insurance and pensions, IT as well as many more.

How will I be examined?

You will sit three exams at the end of Year 11 which are worth 100% of the total mark, there is no coursework.

  • There will be one non-calculator and two calculator papers; each of the papers is worth 80 marks
  • The questions on the exam paper will be arranged so that the easiest ones come first
  • There will be a mixture of short and longer questions
  • You might be asked to solve a problem about anything you have studied on either paper
  • Each exam is 1hr 30min.
  • The exams will be graded from 1-9, where 9 is the highest grade. Higher tier grades are from 4-9 and Foundation grades 1–5

What will I study?

GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into the following areas:

  • Number
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Algebra
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Geometry & measures

Recommended text books, additional reading and online resources

  • Hegarty Maths
  • Corbett Maths
  • MathsGenie
  • Dr Frost
  • Mathsbot
  • OnMaths
  • Maths4Everyone
  • DPR resource portal with additional resources
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Student Book
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Guide
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Workbook