Outline of the Course

This course enables students to develop and build upon their mathematical skills and knowledge in anticipation that they will reach their full potential.

Higher/Foundation Tier

The syllabus content is determined by the National Curriculum.  It includes various aspects of number, algebra, shape, space, measures and data handling.  It also encourages students to use and apply their knowledge of mathematics.

This is the new specification and, as such, will have a score of 1 to 9, rather than a letter grade, when they complete the course.  Foundation tier covers 1 to 5, while higher tier is 4 to 9.

Students will have commenced the GCSE programme of study as soon as they arrive in year 9.

There will be one double maths group for the most able students.  These students will have started the GCSE maths course in September of year 9 alongside the GSCE further maths course with the intention of sitting both examinations at the end of year 11.

The course is based on a series of text books which covers the National Curriculum, level by level.

In addition, the students use past examination papers to help them prepare for the GCSE examination.

Those students who find the GCSE course too demanding are able to follow a suitable alternative syllabus.

The GCSE examination is offered at 2 tiers, and each student is entered for the most appropriate.  Both higher and foundation tiers will follow a linear syllabus.

Assessment Method

Internal assessment: a series of assessment tests and homework assignments and the normal school examinations.

External assessment: three written examinations - 1½ hours each.

The written examinations will take place in year 11.  There will be a non-calculator paper worth 1/3 and 2 calculator papers worth 1/3 each of the final grade.

Click here for year 7 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 8 KS3 assessment criteria.

Study Implications/Requirements

Homework will be set at least once a fortnight, where appropriate.  It can consist of worksheets, revision, MyMaths tasks, etc.

Each student will need to have the necessary equipment: a pencil, protractor, compasses and a (named) scientific calculator. 

What can I do with a Maths Qualification?

Maths supports many other GSCE subjects, such as engineering, geography, physical education, science, additional science, biology, chemistry, physics, business, applied science and many more.

You will develop a wide range of mathematical communication skills as well as improving your ability to work with others, and you will find out how to analyse and solve problems and to take charge of your own learning.  You should also be able to develop your ICT capabilities.  These are all important transferable skills that every employer looks for.

A good grade at GCSE will help you to move on to an AS, A level or vocational A level course, or a job of your choice.

If you enjoy GCSE mathematics, you might want to continue with this subject, or study a related one such as physics or statistics.


For further information contact

Ms Hankinson


Maths Year 7 KS3 assessment criteria
Maths Year 8 KS3 assessment criteria