Examination Board: Edexcel - Specification code: Mathematics A

The GCSE Mathematics course will be taught and assessed in two tiers. Foundation tier will target grades C-G and Higher tier grades A*-D. There is no coursework in this subject.

The aims of the course encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Mathematics and to recognise the importance of Mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.


The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A qualification requires students to

  1. Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Mathematical methods and concepts, including

a) Number

b) Algebra

c) Geometry

d) Measures

e) Statistics

f) Probability

  1. Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  2. Apply the functional elements of Mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.


This qualification gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to

  1. Acquire and use problem-solving strategies.
  2. Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations.
  3. Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.
  4. Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.



AO1    Recall and use their knowledge of prescribed content.                        (45 – 55%)

AO2    Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts          (25 – 35%)

AO3    Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them.

(15 – 25%)

TOTAL = 100%



There are two final examinations, each lasting 1hour 45minutes which will be taken in the Summer of Year 11. Each paper contains 100 marks. Each paper assesses the functional elements of Mathematics the Higher paper offering 30 – 40% of such questions and the Foundation 20 – 30%.

Mrs L Cocker



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