Qualification type: GCSE
Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8300
Contact: Mr White –

GCSE maths lessons build on the mathematical ideas and learning skills acquired in earlier years, whilst new topics of a more advanced level are introduced.

What will be studied?

GCSE maths covers five key areas:
• number
• algebra
• geometry and measures
• statistics and probability
• ratio and proportion

The course gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to:
• acquire and use problem-solving strategies
• select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in everyday 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

Course benefits

Maths is important in life because it is used to perform many different daily tasks, such as telling time, counting change and to make strategic decisions in one’s work life. Similarly, nearly every profession uses some form of maths.

Assessment structure

This is a linear course, which means that all of the examinations are taken at the end of the course and any part of the specification can be tested on any paper. The specification is designed to be holistic with a clear structure, and to encourage and motivate students. The final examination is taken at either a higher or foundation tier, the grades available for the two tiers are 4-9 and 1-5 respectively. The examination requires students to develop their mathematical knowledge in these areas and use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts. The examination will also require the students to apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

Career opportunities

• Engineering
• Accountancy
• Teaching
• Science
• Computer programming