Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is essential for many Science and Engineering disciplines and applications. It is a challenging and rewarding course which builds upon the knowledge you have been taught so far. Having a deep and strong understanding of Mathematics will allow you to access and see the beauty and power of the subject and its use as a tool to solve complex problems that occur in the world around us. It will also allow you to access the highest grades in this qualification.
The aim of Mathematics is to:
Develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical processes used to solve problems and foster confidence and enjoyment.
Extend the range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more complex and unstructured problems.
Recognise where Mathematics is a tool to help understand the processes in other subjects such as Science, Engineering and Art.
Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between real world problems and other mathematical problems and how these can be refined and improved in order to increase accuracy.
Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators, iPads and computers effectively, and recognise when such use may be inappropriate and to be aware of their limitations.
Develop an awareness of the relevance of Mathematics to other fields of study, the world of work and to society in general.
Take increasing responsibility for your own learning and evaluation of your own mathematical development.
The areas studied in Mathematics overlap with many other GCSE courses such as Engineering, Product Design, Physics, Chemistry and Business. Studying GCSE Mathematics requires a disciplined, logical, resilient and creative mind. It is academically challenging, as a consequence it requires a highly committed attitude to studies. Success however, will open many doors to an extremely large number of degree courses and financially rewarding career opportunities.
Through the study of Mathematics there are many career pathways which are available to students including going onto University to study for a degree in Mathematics, Dentistry, Medicine, Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, Project Management, Optometry and Sports Science. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other financially rewarding career choices which can be made following the completion of the qualification.
The qualification is assessed through formal written examinations at the end of the full two year course. The assessments are tiered and following a rigorous process of assessment you will be entered for the most appropriate examination. The assessments in both tiers of entry take the following form:
Paper 1 – Non Calculator (1hr 30 min)
Paper 2 – Calculator (1hr 30min)
Paper 3 – Calculator (1hr 30min)
Topics may be assessed across all three papers and students are required to answer all of the questions in each paper.
Each paper has a total of 80 marks and are equally weighted across the qualification.