What is it about?
The new GCSE in Maths sets higher expectations; it demands more from all students and provides further challenges for those aiming to achieve top grades. The new GCSE in Maths will provide a broad, coherent, satisfying and
worthwhile course of study. It will encourage students to develop confidence in,
and a positive attitude towards Maths and to recognise the importance of
Maths in their own lives and to society.
What sort of work is done?
GCSE Maths will enable students to:
1. develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and
2. acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
3. reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
4. comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of
forms appropriate to the information and context.
How is it examined?
There will be 3 exams at the end of Year 11. There will still be 2 tiers of entry, Foundation & Higher (exam board, Edexcel).
Paper 1 : Non calculator, 1 ½ hours.
Paper 2 : With a calculator, 1 ½ hours.
Paper 3 : With a calculator, 1 ½ hours.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment in Maths.
What qualification will I get? What could it lead to?
The new Maths course will still be called a GCSE, however, grades (A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G) are being replaced with numbers, from 9 to 1. Therefore 9 is the highest that can be achieved (and would equate to the top end of an A*) and 1 the lowest (and would equate roughly to a G grade). The old ‘C grade pass’, is being set at 5, for which students would need to achieve to join further and higher education courses, apprenticeships, and employment.
Following this course, those with the higher grades (numbers) will be able to continue their Maths with the new Core Maths course, A Level Maths and A Level Further Maths. These courses would lead to careers such as Accountants, Statisticians and Engineers.
There are lots of really good sites which can be used to support classroom work. Some particularly good sites are:
www.mymaths.co.uk (login: leman password: rectangle)