GCSE Mathematics consists of 2 examinations at the end of Year 11.  One calculator paper and one Non-Calculator.

Grade 5 (C grade equivalent) achieved on the Foundation is identical to a grade 5 on the Higher and students will be entered according to the best possible chance for them to secure their potential.

During Year 9 students will study all A01 topics in order to establish a suitable base of knowledge for Maths GCSE at the appropriate tier of entry.  These topics are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry & Measure
  • Probability & Statistics
Module Year 9

Powers and roots


Indices and standard form

Expressions and formulae

Number calculations

Sequences and equations


Inequalities, equations and formulae

Collecting and analysing data

Dealing with data

Multiplicative reasoning


Fractions, decimals and percentages


Multiplicative reasoning

Non-linear graphs


Equations, inequalities and proportionality

Geometry in 2d and 3d

Algebraic and real-life graphs.


Accuracy and measures.

Circles, Pythagoras and prisms.

Multiplicative reasoning.


Graphical solutions


Sequences and graphs


Algebraic and geometric formulae



Mathematical reasoning

Comparing shapes

Polygons and transformations

There will also be frequent applied and functional tasks in order to improve students’ ability to think for themselves, apply the topics learned and form strategies (A02).

A02: Analysing problems presented as “larger” questions, where the traditional step by step question structure has been removed.  Putting subject skills and facts to use in the context of solving problems.  Using strategies to break down problem into a series of manageable tasks.  Spotting rules and patterns and communicating these mathematically.  Pupils are expected to know more formulae as there are no formulae sheets given.  However, some questions will include the necessary formulae.

During Years 10 & 11 students will study the main GCSE Maths course.  Top set students will also take an additional GCSE in “Further Mathematics”.  This pushes them on to topics relating to AS Level Maths and Further Maths, but is not a requirement for other students who wish to study Maths at AS level.

Coursework is no longer required for GCSE Mathematics.


Objective A01: (Content)

Weighting 50% spread between both papers.

Objective A02: Assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of processing information.


A Calculator Paper and

A Non-Calculator Paper


(Grades 1-5, formerly Grades G-C)


(Grades 4-9, formerly grades D-A*)


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