Mathematics GCSE Level

Board: Pearson Edexcel

About the subject

The content covered on this course follows the Foundation GCSE syllabus. The teaching is aimed at enabling students to achieve a grade 4 in the exams but a grade 5 is possible. Class sizes  are considerably smaller than the average Year 11 set, allowing students to get more individual help. Building up confidence in Maths is a key consideration, as well as improving and practicing skills.

Students always comment on the positive atmosphere within the classroom and feel that they make good progress.


Learning styles

Through classwork, homework and regular short tests, the course will focus closely on meeting the demands of the exam.  Individual help is available in workshops to supplement the classwork, and there are materials for revision and self study on the VLE, including worked solution videos to help students understand topics.
All students must purchase the Edexcel revision guide and workbook (available through the college for £5) to support their learning outside of class.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Mathematics complements many other subjects and is widely recognised as a useful A level for many degrees and in many professions. The mechanical content goes particularly well with Physics and Design Technology A levels and prepares students for eventual careers in Engineering, Design and Physical Science, amongst others. The statistical content complements a wide range of A levels including Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Biology, and provides a good grounding for any career that includes the need to collate, summarise and interpret data.


Entry requirements

Grade 3 at GCSE Mathematics or a level 2 in Functional skills Mathematics. Students with a grade below this will be directed onto Functional skills