THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 4 (AQA)

Course Overview

Students starting Year 10 in September 2017 will follow the new Mathematics GCSE course. The style of questions, structure of the exams and grading will be different from the previous GCSE.

The course will cover six main topic areas

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Assessment Criteria

Paper 1
Non-Calculator
33% of Final Mark - 1 hour 30 mins
Paper 2
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33% of Final Mark - 1 hour 30 mins
Paper 3
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33% of Final Mark - 1 hour 30 mins

In common with the other new GCSEs, grades will be awarded from Grade 1 (lowest) to Grade 9 (highest). There will be two tiers of entry: Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5) and Higher Tier (Grades 5-9). We expect the majority of students to take the Higher Tier. Students must take all three exam papers at the same tier of entry.

As the new GCSE specification involves additional content and challenge, students in all sets will take their Mathematics exams at the end of the summer of Year 11. We are planning that sets 1 and 2 will have the opportunity to sit an Additional Mathematics Qualification (AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics) alongside their GCSE.

Where next?

A good pass in Mathematics is a pre-requisite for any Level 3 course including Sixth Form. We also offer Mathematics in Sixth Form. Mathematics is also required to study the sciences or Economics at A-Level.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Maths curriculum please email HeadOfMaths@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.