Maths KS4

Mathematics GCSE is studied throughout KS4. The content of the course builds on the content, knowledge and skills developed during the Key Stage 3 programme of study for Mathematics.

For Year 11 only there are two tiers of entry – Foundation (Grades G to C) and Higher (Grades D to A*).

The units studied are as follows:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • Handling Data

The application of Maths to solve real-life problems is included throughout and represents 30-40% of the questions on the Foundation paper, and 20-30% on the Higher. Additionally asterisked or starred questions examine Quality of Written Communication, so students are always encouraged to show all their workings and calculations.

Assessment:

Assessment is via two written external examinations taken at the end of KS4 (each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes).

From September 2015 onwards Year 10 will study the new GCSE Mathematics course. This course has two tiers of entry, Foundation (Grades 1-5) and Higher (Grades 4-9).

The units studied are as follows:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics

 There will be more emphasis on problem solving, communication, proof and interpretation. Functional Maths and QWC are no longer explicitly examined.

Assessment:

Assessment is for the new 9-1 GCSE is via three written external examinations taken at the end of KS4 (each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes).

Resources:

The textbooks used to support both these courses is Oxford GCSE Maths in the current and new 9-1 Maths editions at Higher and Foundation. Pupils are also encouraged to buy revision guides, workbooks and practice papers during Year 11.

There is NO controlled assessment element for Mathematics GCSE.