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Welcome to Mathematics GCSE

As Mathematics is a compulsory subject, we look forward to all of our Year 9 students continuing to study the subject in Years 10 and 11.  During this time they will develop their logic, reasoning, resilience and problem solving.  GCSE Mathematics is not just the gateway to a vast array of fascinating mathematical and scientific careers, it is a key qualification to progress your futures down whichever path you choose to take. 

The course specification can be viewed here: 

Edexcel GCSE and GCE 2014 (pearson.com) 

Student Testimonials 

Maths is a great subject as it teaches you to think logically and systematically. It gives you the ability to solve complex problems throughout your life as Maths is used in so many situations. GCSE Maths also opens many opportunities in the future as employers look for the problem-solving skills acquired through Maths, many apprenticeships, colleges, and universities also look for these skills. I have enjoyed Maths as it has improved the way I think, and it has made me more confident and resilient, Matthew J.

I enjoy studying maths because it's shown me there is never only one way to solve a question. During Key Stage 4 I've learnt how to be resilient with my work as I would often get questions wrong but I'd find another way of doing them and get them right, Ahmed U.

There are many aspects of Maths I enjoy. Being able to solve problems gives me a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Navigating my way through the questions allows me to develop my problem-solving skills and help me in my day-to-day life. There are a variety of skills I learned in Key Stage 4. The most prominent one was Resilience. On Results Day for my GCSEs, I wanted to look at the results and be proud so that was all the motivation I needed. The school really helped me to expand on my skills and do the best I could, Farina F.

In maths I enjoy everything but mainly algebra. This is because it gets your brain thinking and it makes you determined to find the answer and when you do find the answer you feel satisfied. Algebra requires a lot of moving and simplifying which feels as if you are solving a puzzle which makes it much more interesting to do also you will be motivated to find the answer. In key stage four you will develop a lot of skills such as resilience, communication, determination and much more. you will develop resilience in all subjects especially maths because if you get an answer wrong you will keep on trying until you get the answer because you are determined, Rohan K.

I would have to say I love algebra and geometry lots and enjoy studying it and so love to revise for any maths exam. The skills I have learnt from mathematics are to be resilient when you don’t get a certain topic or get an answer wrong and then try to narrow down what went wrong and fix it and I feel this will help me lots in my future, Joginder K.

FAQs

Is GCSE Mathematics compulsory? 

Yes, everyone will study GCSE Mathematics. 

What exam board will students be entered in? 

At the Westgate School students will be entered into the Edexcel exam board. 

How many papers are there? 

There are three papers which each student needs to sit. Paper 1 is non-calculator. Paper 2 and Paper 3 are calculator papers. 

How many marks is each paper worth? 

Each paper is worth 80 marks. Therefore, a total of 240 marks. Each year the grade boundaries are different.  

Foundation Tier vs. Higher Tier  

The new Foundation covers grades 1 to 5, which means that there’s a higher grade achievable than with the previous Foundation tier (where grade C was the maximum). 

On the new Higher tier, questions will be set from grade 4 to grade 9. 

The overlap between the two tiers is now at grades 4 and 5, which is a higher level than in the past. 

For further information please contact:

 Mr D Jury dju@westgate.slough.sch.uk  Curriculum Leader of Mathematics