GCSE Mathematics

Maths is one of the core subjects that all students must study and, along with GCSE English Language, it is one of your most important subjects. This course will teach you a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills:

  • To acquire and use problem-solving strategies 
  • To select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations 
  • To reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions 
  • To interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 

You will need to gain at least a grade C to study any A level courses and also for many career options, but whatever your future pathway, it is vital that you are confident in using number and in applying your numeracy skills in everyday situations.



The content of the GCSE Maths course is divided into six topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Functional skills are also taught and you will have opportunities to explore mathematical activities in a range of real-life contexts.

The are 2 exam papers, each worth 50%. Unit 1 is a non-calculator paper and Unit 2 is with a calculator.

There are 2 tiers of entry – foundation and higher. Your progress and working-at grades throughout Y10-11 will be used to determine which tier you should be entered for.