Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

GCSE Maths

All Mathematics courses are now required to follow a linear specification. This means that the course is externally assessed at the end of Year 11.

There are two tiers of entry available: Foundation and Higher.

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examinations. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes, each worth 80 marks.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total marks across all three papers, where 9 is the highest grade:

Foundation: Grades 1 to 5
Higher: Grades 4 to 9

Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment. A scientific calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Topic areas in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment

Tier Topic area Weighting
Foundation Number 28%
Algerba 23%
Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change 28%
Geometry & Measures 18%
Statistics & Probability 18%
Higher Number 18%
Algebra 33%
Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change 23%
Geometry & Measures 23%
Statistics & Probability 18%

This qualification in Maths encourages pupils to develop confidence in and a positive attitude towards Maths and to recognise the importance of Maths in their own lives and to society.  It will prepare pupils to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

Mathematics is a popular choice in the Sixth Form where students follow the Edexel Mathematics course, which is a natural follow-on to the GCSE.  Students who have aspirations to this level of study need to follow the Higher Tier at GCSE to build the foundations necessary for studying at this level.

Above all it is important that pupils study this subject at their appropriate level to ensure maximum enjoyment and success in an essential area of a modern school curriculum.