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Mathematics
Mathematics

GCSE MATHEMATICS Examination Board: EDEXCEL Specification: 1MA1

About this subject

GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory core subject. The grading structure is now 9-1 (with 9 being the highest).

The aims and objectives of the GCSE in Mathematics are to enable students to:

·  develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts

·  acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems

·  reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions

·  comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Course Content

Students develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, and work in the following: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change; Geometry and measures; Probability; Statistics.

The new specification places a greater emphasis on problem solving and on pupils being able to explain their reasoning. Pupils will also be required to learn more of the formulas.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by class work, homework, testing and examination. Interim reports will be issued at the end of every term.

At the end of Year 11 all pupils will take three papers of equal weighting. Paper 1 is non-calculator. Papers contain a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a pupil progresses through the paper. Most pupils are entered at higher level. Pupils will be entered for the foundation level qualification if they are judged likely to gain a higher grade from this.

Grades available

Higher: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Foundation: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Notes

For all work, as well as examinations, students will require a suitable scientific calculator, a ruler, compasses and protractor (not provided by school).
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