Mathematics is an essential subject at GCSE for all students. It teaches reasoning, precision and the ability to understand abstract ideas, in addition to basic numeracy and algebra. This is why it is valued highly by employers and providers of further education.
One third of all written papers in Mathematics are done without a calculator. Students must have their own calculator for harder calculations, but need to be able to do arithmetic for themselves.
Higher tier: Grades 9 to 3
Foundation tier: Grades 5 to 1
All students follow a Linear Syllabus (AQA). Students will sit three external examinations at the end of Y11. There is no coursework element in Mathematics.
Students in Sets 1 and 2 may also study the AQA GCSE Further Mathematics qualification (AQA).
Further Education and Career Opportunities:
Mathematics is a subject which crosses many career boundaries. As well as its direct application, the ability to apply logical reasoning and theory to practical situations is a considerable advantage. Students interested in following careers or courses in Science, Engineering, Accountancy or Law usually find Mathematics a pre-requisite or highly valued qualification.
(AQA for Further Mathematics)