GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics

The GCSE in mathematics is designed to enable students to:

  • 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

Course Content

The GCSE Mathematics course covers the following topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Statistics and Probability

Alternative study: GCSE Physics and A-level Mathematics


Foundation or Higher level

Students will be assessed at either Foundation or Higher level depending on their ability in the subject.

All students will be studying towards the reformed GCSE which moves away from traditional A*- E grades to a numerical grading system.

The new system uses grades 9 to 1 and 9 will be the highest available grade i.e. equivalent to A*.

Students will sit three externally-assessed examinations at the end of their course; one without the use of a calculator and two with a calculator. For more information on the syllabus please visit: http://www.gov.uk/government/news/setting-standards-for-new-gcses-in-2017

Where does it lead?

A GCSE in mathematics is a basic entry requirement for most university courses and employment opportunities.

It supports many other courses of study including the physical and social sciences which rely heavily on the content covered in the mathematics syllabus. Students achieving higher grades can progress to study the subject at A-level and beyond.