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Studying Maths at KS4

All pupils in Year 9 from study for two GCSE qualifications in mathematics.

The Mathematics – Numeracy GCSE will build on and progress from the levels of numeracy expected at the end of year 9 and will assess the mathematics needed for the world of work, daily life and general study. There will be an emphasis on the application of the content to solving problems in context. 

GCSE Mathematics will build on and progress from the levels of mathematics expected at the end of year 9 and will assess the mathematics needed to progress to scientific, technical or further mathematical study. There will be some application of the content to solving problems in context but also procedural skills in situations that are context-free, will be assessed.

 

Both GCSE qualifications are available at 3 tiers

Higher Tier:                 Grades A* – C 

Intermediate Tier:       Grades B – E 

Foundation Tier:         Grades D – G (possibility of a C in exceptional circumstances)

Assessment for each GCSE qualification will be through examinations held at the end of year 11; pupils will sit 2 papers in each GCSE qualification (4 examinations in total). There will be no coursework or controlled assessment and no modular examinations.

A summary of the assessment is given below:

Paper 1: Non-calculator

Paper 2: Calculator-allowed

Higher:            

1 hour 45minutes (80 marks)

Higher:

1 hour 45minutes (80 marks)

Intermediate:

1 hour 45minutes (80 marks)

Intermediate:

1 hour 45minutes (80 marks)

Foundation:

1 hour 30minutes (65 marks)

Foundation:

1 hour 30minutes (65 marks)

 

 

The following table summarises the way in which the mathematical content will be divided across the two mathematics GCSEs.

GCSE

Mathematics – Numeracy

Mathematics

Content

Number, Measure and Statistics plus some aspects of Algebra, Geometry and Probability.

All the content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy 

Additional Algebra, Geometry and Probability

 

 

Learners entered for a qualification must sit both papers at either foundation, intermediate or higher tier. However, it is possible to sit the Mathematics – Numeracy papers at one tier and the Mathematics at a different tier.