GCSE Mathematics
The Mathematics GCSE provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages 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.

The course also provides a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16.

Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at GCSE. The Mathematics GCSE enables students to:

  1. develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  2. acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  3. reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  4. comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Students should be aware that mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and that these models may be more or less effective depending on how the situation has been simplified and the assumptions that have been made. Students should also be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.

Summary of the Course

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics
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How is This Subject Assessed?

All students will be entered for the Higher Tier (grades 4-9).

3 x 1.5 hr exams at the end of the course

Paper 1: non-calculator, Papers 2 & 3: calculator.

80 marks on each paper – equally weighted – each counts one third.

On all papers, content from any part of the specification may be assessed, by a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.  Formulae will not be given and must be learned. The assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Mathematics specifications and all exam boards. The exams will assess the following

AO1: Use and apply standard techniques.
Students should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.

AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
Students should be able to:

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • interpret and communicate information accurately
  • present arguments and proofs
  • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information.

AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.
Students should be able to:

  • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.
2017 Specification

AQA GCSE Mathematics 8300