Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4

There is a choice of two levels within this course.  The basic course or

Foundation Level is the same for everyone but the Higher Level will require topics to be studied in more depth as well as extra topics.  GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills.

You will work both individually and in groups and will be encouraged to apply your mathematical learning to everyday situations.  Self directed work and individual study will form an important part of the approach to coursework.  You will be expected to do homework as it is a vital part of your learning process.

Textbooks, which cover all the topics that you study, are provided at the level appropriate to your ability and achievement.

You will use a lot of what you learn in GCSE mathematics in other GCSEs that you study.  For example, in Science you may be asked to use formulae and solve equations, in Geography you will need to read charts and diagrams and use statistics and in D&T you will need to use measures and make scale drawings.

A range of methods for calculating is taught – mental, written and calculator methods.  All students in Year 11 are entered for the Edexcel 9-1 Mathematics GCSE. 

Depending on your test results you will be entered for either the Foundation or Higher paper. 

Summary of the linear exam:

The assessments will cover the following content headings: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.The qualification will be graded and certified on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

Pupils who do not achieve a grade by the end of year 11 are allowed to take a one year course in year 12 in order to achieve this. 


  Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3  
Foundation Non-Calculator Calculator Calculator  
(Grades 1 to 5) 33.3% Weighting 33.3% Weighting 33.3% Weighting  
  1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes  
  Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3  
Higher Non-Calculator Calculator Calculator  
(Grades 4 to 9) 33.30% 33.30% 33.30%  
  1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes  


The department achieved 70% A*-C grades respectively in 2016 examinations.

Resources needed: During your lessons you will need a range of basic equipment such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler, protractor and a pair of compasses.  You would also benefit from having an A4 folder.  You are expected to bring a scientific calculator to all lessons.