Mathematics GCSE

GCSE Mathematics will teach you transferable skills which will help you in your other subjects. You will learn how to use problem-solving strategies and to work efficiently by breaking down complex situations into simpler steps. You will be able to explore, identify and interpret mathematical situations and communicate clearly GCSE Maths is an essential qualification for progression onto A Level and many other Level 3 courses. It is also frequently required for university entry in the UK. We offer an intensive, one-year course.

Course Content

This is the linear 9-1 GCSE qualification. A linear qualification means that students must sit all their exams at the end of the course in June. The qualification can be taken at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.

This is an intensive course requiring full commitment and attendance.

GCSE Mathematics will cover the following topics

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change

  • Geometry and measures

  • Probability

  • Statistics

The course is assessed by three written exams, each worth a third of the final grade. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Entry Requirements

At Kingston College, all students aged 16 -18 years of age who have not achieved at least a grade C or a grade 4 in GCSE Maths are required to study maths as part of their programme of study. The decision of whether you study GCSE Maths or Level 1 Maths Functional Skills will depend on the following criteria

  • If you have achieved a Grade D / 3 in Maths you will do GCSE Maths. If you have achieved Grade E / 2 or below, you will be enrolled on Functional Skill Level 1

  • If you have passed Level 1 Maths Functional Skills – you will study GCSE Maths

  • If you have studied international qualifications, the decision on whether you study GCSE Maths or Level 1 Maths functional skills will depend on NARIC assessment and a diagnostic test.

Duration and Delivery

One year, four hours per week, as part of a full time programme of study.

Progression

This is an essential subject for progression to A Levels and Level 3 BTEC qualifications. Many universities and employers require that you have at least a C / 4 in this subject. If you are considering doing Mathematics A-Level then you will be expected to achieve Grade 6 in the GCSE.

Additional Information

The exam board is Pearson. The specification is Maths 1MA1

You will need to buy your own calculator and geometry set.

Campus

Kingston Hall Road

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