Maths is a core subject at GCSE, it has to be taken by all students.
What is the exam board and specification?
All students will sit the Pearson Edexcel Maths GCSE (9-1), as outlined here: Maths GCSE | Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015). We will also be looking at whether some students should also sit some of the Pearson Awards – which focus on specific areas of maths like number, shape or algebra and can be sat as a stepping stone to the lower GCSE grades, or to support those at the top end who are likely to go on and take A-Level Maths.
What will you study?
Our Maths curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 follows the same big picture and you have been building key skills and knowledge for the GCSE since you started at KWS (and before in primary).
The five strands of Maths: Number, Ratio & Proportion, Algebra, Shape & Measure and Data are underpinned by the national curriculum areas of focus: Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving.
How will you be assessed?
The Maths GCSE is a linear course assessed by three examinations in the Summer of Year 11. Each is 1hr 30mins and worth 80 Marks, so they each have equal weighting for your overall result. The first paper is Non-Calculator, and the second two papers are both ones in which you can use a Calculator.
What qualities do I need to be successful in the subject?
We strongly believe that everyone can be successful at Maths and our aim at KWS is always to support each and every one of our students to achieve the best possible maths grade, to keep as many doors open in the future.
To make progress in Maths you need to have the confidence to have a go, not be afraid to embrace your mistakes, you need to try hard, be resilient and want to solve problems. It’s also a great help if you are diligent at showing your workings and in checking your answers.
What future opportunities can I have with this subject?
A good maths GCSE grade is often used as a criterion for selection, or indeed narrowing down a field of candidates, when it comes to college, university and job applications. Achieving the best possible grade will mean more opportunities are open to you in terms of any further study and careers.
If you wish to go on to study Maths further after GCSE, it can be studied at A-Level and then at degree level. Mathematics A-Level supports a wide range of future career choices including those in the financial services, the sciences, computer science and many many more.
Who should I contact for further information?
Mrs Coomber: firstname.lastname@example.org