For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here. 

Welcome to the MATHEMATICS GCSE Department


The GCSE course will allow the 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.

All students will be required to bring a full set of mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator to each Mathematics lesson – these can be purchased from Reception (via the School Bank).

Students will have Independent Learning set each week from a range of areas including online textbooks, Hegarty Maths or a teacher designed worksheet which should last approximately 1 hour in duration.


There are two tiers of entry available:

  • Foundation (Grades 5 to 1)
  • Higher (Grades 9 to 4)
  • Statistics Higher (Grades 9 to 4), Foundation (Grades 5 to 1)

GCSE Mathematics follows the OCR course for both Higher and Foundation tiers.

GCSE Statistics follows the AQA course. The students in Set 1 will complete the Higher tier, the rest of the cohort will complete the Foundation tier.

Formal written test results, teacher assessment and school assessment data will be used to place students in the appropriate group for their level of attainment although this is reviewed regularly throughout Key Stage 4.

How is this course assessed?

  • The course is assessed by three examinations in Year 11
  • Calculators are allowed for 2 of the papers
  • All students will take 3 × 1 hour 30-minute exams
  • Calculators are allowed for Papers 1 & 3 (Foundation) and Papers 4 & 6 (Higher)
    The exams will take place on different days