GCSE – MATHEMATICS

GCSE – MATHEMATICS

 

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at GCSE and is essential for most careers.

Mathematics is a key contributory subject in the STEM initiative.

The programme followed is the CEA GCSE Specification. Students are timetabled for 5 ×35 minute periods per week (usually 1 double and 3 single lessons).

 

Course Content

The subject is divided into 3 assessment objectives:

  • Use and apply standard techniques
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • Solve problems in mathematics and other contexts

 

These objectives are assessed through the key areas of:

    • Number & Algebra
    • Geometry & Measures
    • Handling Data

 

Functional mathematics is embedded throughout all units, requiring students to use mathematics effectively in a wide range of contexts. Functional mathematics refers to the skills and abilities students need to develop as a young person and as an individual, as a contributor to society and as a contributor to the economy and environment.

 

A detailed breakdown of the modular content can be found www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics

 

Career Opportunities

Mathematics is essential for most careers. Career opportunities include Accountancy, Architecture, Engineering, Medical Sciences – Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Surveying and Teaching.

Whilst Grade C is considered a ‘Pass’ grade in GCSE, many universities are now requesting a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Mathematics for entry to various courses.

 

Tiers of Entry

[Foundation Tier – Grades G F  E  D  C ]

Higher Tier – Grades E D  C  B  A  A*

Pupils will sit the Higher Tier – only in exceptional circumstances would a pupil be considered for entry at the Foundation Tier.

 

Summary of Assessment Information:

TIERMODULEYEAR OF ENTRYGRADES ACCESSEDDETAILS
HIGHERM3

and

M7
Year 12
(Jan. 2021)


Year 12
(Jun 2021)
E D C B



E D C B
2 hr calculator paper
(45% of overall award)

1hr 15 min calculator paper
&
1 hr 15 min non- calculator paper
(55% of overall award)
HIGHERM4

and

M7
Year 12
(Jan. 2021)


Year 12
(Jun 2021)
D C B A



D C B A
2 hr calculator paper
(45% of overall award)

1hr 15 min calculator paper
&
1 hr 15 min non- calculator paper
(55% of overall award)
HIGHERM4

and

M8
Year 12
(Jan. 2021)


Year 12
(Jun 2021)
C B A A*



C B A A*
2 hr calculator paper
(45% of overall award)

1hr 15 min calculator paper
&
1 hr 15 min non- calculator paper
(55% of overall award)
FOUNDATION M2

and

M6
Year 12
(Jan. 2021)


Year 12
(Jun 2021)
F E D C



F E D C
1 hr 45 min calculator paper
(45% of overall award)

1hr 10 min calculator paper
&
1 hr 10 min non- calculator paper
(55% of overall award)

 

Important Notes:

  • At the end of Key Stage 3 Year 10 pupils will be banded for GCSE groupings based on their overall performance in the end of Year 10 examination. The group will then determine which combination of modules (M3 & M7 or M4 & M7 or M4 & M8) the pupil will undertake for GCSE. As this ultimately affects the achievable grade at GCSE, it is very important that pupils in Year 10 make adequate preparation for this transition exam in the summer term of Year 10.
  • There is no coursework component (controlled assessment) in this subject at GCSE Level. All assessment is through two written examination papers.
  • It is normal practice in Loreto, for GCSE Mathematics pupils to be considered for a module of their GCSE qualification in January of Year 12. This result would contribute to their overall GCSE Mathematics award at the end of Year 12.
  • Only pupils who have completed and achieved highly in Modules M4 and M8 by the end of Year 12 will be considered for AS/A2 Level Mathematics at Post 16.

 

GCSE Mathematics students who achieved full marks in Summer 2019

GCSE Further Mathematics

GCSE Further Mathematics is currently offered to a selected group of Year 11 students who exhibit considerable strength in the initial months of their GCSE Mathematics study.  The Further Mathematics classes operate as ‘twilight’ classes, two evenings per week, after school.  The taught programme begins midway through Year 11 and continues throughout Year 12.  This programme affords students the opportunity of accessing a 10th GCSE.  Again, the programme delivered is the CEA Specification for GCSE Further Mathematics.  Assessment is all at the end of Year 12 – 3 written components; Pure Maths (2 hrs), Mechanics (1 hr) and Statistics (1 hr).

 

GCSE Summer 2019: Maria and Lucy who achieved 10A* including GCSE Further Mathematics

 

For more detailed information on the Specification, Content or Exam Papers click on the link below:

www.ccea.org.uk

Further Mathematics introduces some of the more detailed topics encountered at AS/A2 Level, including Mechanics and Statistics.  The study of GCSE Further Mathematics is a beneficial foundation for progression to AS/A2 Level, but is not a prerequisite to progression to the study of Mathematics at Post 16.