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Written examinations



Mathematics is a “core” subject studied by all students. The course encourages students to think mathematically, to understand and communicate mathematical ideas, to formulate, test and prove their own hypotheses, and to apply a range of mathematical concepts in a variety of situations. It also develops the students Functional Skills. We aim to help students gain confidence in their abilities, to persevere with problems and enjoy mathematics.


All groups will follow the New AQA specification GCSE Mathematics course leading to written exams at the end of Year 11.  There are three papers, two calculator and one none-calculator.  All students are encouraged to purchase a scientific calculator for the course.  The vast majority, if not all, Year 11 students will be entered for the Higher Tier.


The national two-tier structure for GCSE Mathematics applies to all schools and examination boards.


The grades available in each tier are:


                        Higher Tier                            4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

                        Foundation Tier                    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Use will be made of SML Maths, the faculty’s own website where students will find resources to support their learning plus updates of assessments.  In addition, students will be given homework books that consist of past paper style questions and other resources to support their learning.