Examination Board:  Currently Edexcel (Under Review)

Specification code: Mathematics A

The GCSE Mathematics course will be taught and assessed in two tiers. Foundation tier will target grades 1-5 and Higher tier grades 4-9. There is no coursework in this subject.

The aims of the course encourage pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils 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.


2     Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.

3     Apply the functional elements of Mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.


This qualification gives pupils the opportunity to develop the ability to

• Acquire and use problem-solving strategies.

• Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations

• Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions 

• Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 

Learning Objectives

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/analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them.    (15 – 25%)

     TOTAL =100%


There are three final examinations which will be taken in the Summer of Year 11. Each paper contains 80 marks, with equal weighting.


There is no coursework or separate modular examination.

Mr S Cocker BSc



Examination Board: AQA                                                            

Specification Code:  3311


The GCSE Statistics course is for all those who would like to develop their appreciation of statistics as a means of understanding the world around them. Statistics uses ICT, particularly calculators, spreadsheets and the internet, to inform and develop understanding of statistical processes. The relevant skills will be used to produce an extended piece of coursework, investigating an area of interest to the student.


The course emphasises the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject. Pupils will be encouraged to draw on the statistical content of other subjects such as Geography and Science so the value of a study of statistics from a cross-curricular point of view can be appreciated.


Data Collection

Types of data

Census data


Planning an investigation

Obtaining data

Data analysis

Measures of location

Measures of spread

Other summary statistics

Time Series

Quality Assurance

Correlation and regression


 Tabulation and



Diagrammatic representation



Discrete                       Distributions


The aims of the course are that pupils should be able to:

1.            Gain understanding of the basic concepts of probability and statistics to encourage confidence and enjoyment of the subject in everyday situations

2.            Communicate effectively an awareness of the power and limitations of data, methods and concepts

3.            Recognise the suitability of data for statistical analysis, apply relevant techniques and be able to make deductions and inferences

4.            Interpret statistical information presented in a variety of forms and to communicate their interpretation by written and/or oral report

5.            Be aware of the importance and limitations of statistical information to society


The course is assessed at two tiers, Foundation and Higher, and the grade range available is C-G and A*-D respectively. Tier of entry will be decided in the light of experience.  All pupils will take a written paper at the end of Year 11 (Foundation tier - 2 hours;     Higher tier - 2½ hours) and will undertake an extended piece of work or project, also during Year 11. The written papers contribute 75% of the final grade awarded and the coursework 25%.

Mr S Cocker BSc



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