KS4 Mathematics

We follow the Edexcel (Pearson) GCSE Mathematics syllabus 1MA1.

Textbooks:

Set 1A, 1B, 1C and 2A  use CGP GCSE Mathematics Higher level. ISBN: 978-1-78294-958-9

Set 2B, 3A, 3B and set 4 use  CGP Mathematics for GCSE foundation level. ISBN: 978-1-78294-438-6

Set 3 uses Collins New GCSE Maths Edexcel Linear Foundation 1 ISBN: 978-0-00-734018-7 and Foundation 2 ISBN: 978-0-00-734022-4

Set 4 uses a variety of books. More details can be obtained from the class teacher.

Areas of Study

● The topic areas covered by in the GCSE course are:

1. Number

2. Algebra

3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4. Geometry and measures

5. Probability

6. Statistics

● Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher.

● The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.

● Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

● Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

● Each paper has 80 marks.

● The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

● Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.

● Higher tier: grades 4 to 9

More information can be found in the Parent and Student Guide on the Pearson website using the link below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/teaching-and-learning-materials/Parent-and-Student-Guide-May-2016.pdf

Assessment

Pupils are assessed regularly through class tests. These are usually at the end of a topic and approximately once every half term.

In addition, there will be an end of year exam in Y10 and a series of mock exams in December of Y11.