Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: Click to View

Entry requirements: No specific requirements

Course Description

Through GCSE Mathematics, learners will:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems 
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions 
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 

The AQA GCSE Maths consists of three externally-examined papers, each 1.5 hours long and the first paper is a non-calculator assessment. 

The assessments will cover the following content headings: 

  1. Number 
  2. Algebra 
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change 
  4. Geometry and measures 
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

 Mathematics is one of the few GCSEs that has two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher. Learners taking the Foundation tier can achieve grades 1 – 5 and those taking the Higher tier can achieve grades 4-9. Staff will assess which tier learners will entered for during year 9 and make adjustments through year 10/11 as necessary.

Course Profile

Career Pathways

A good pass in GCSE Maths is essential for progression to many level 3 academic (e.g. A levels in Sciences and Geography) and vocational courses (e.g. BTEC Engineering) as well as areas of employment such as teaching, fashion and childcare.

It’s impossible to go a day without using English and maths skills, and a good level of understanding means that you can have more control over things like your finances, communication, and you can gain a better understanding of issues such as politics and current affairs.

Studies show that higher levels of literacy and numeracy are linked to better health and a longer lifespan. These skills also have a positive impact on your mental health.

Job Opportunities

The majority of employers look for at least GCSE grade 4 in each subject, so English and maths skills could be the difference between you getting the job or promotion you want or not. People with good GCSE grades in English and maths also earn approximately £2,000 more than those who don’t.

The majority of university courses look for at least a 5 in GCSE English and maths as this shows you have a good understanding of the subjects. Not getting a 5 in these subjects might limit your chances of getting into university.

Further Reading

Year 10/11 books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Maths AQA Student Book - Higher (with Online Edition) ISBN 1782949593

New GCSE Maths AQA Complete Revision & Practice: Foundation - Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) ISBN 1782949976

GCSE Mathematics AQA Revision Guide (CGP) ISBN 1782943951

Helpful websites

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Maths revision

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