Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification: A - 1MA0
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mr Andrew MacDonald

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There is no controlled assessment element in GCSE Mathematics. Assessment is 100% exam based. Assessment is through three exams taken at the end of the course.

Tiers of Entry:

All students at Marling School are initially aimed towards the higher tier GCSE. The grades available for this tier of entry are 4-9. It is currently envisaged that the most able students would also be provided with the opportunity to study for an Additional Mathematics qualification, alongside their GCSE.

Course content:

Students will be among the first cohort studying for a new GCSE. Full details of the course content can be found using the following link:

As well as the course content students are also explicitly assessed on their ability to:

  • select the appropriate mathematical techniques required to solve a broad range of problems
  • communicate their methods and thinking in a clear and concise manner
  • apply mathematical techniques to functional problems drawn from real life scenarios
  • explore different methods for approaching a particular problem, revising their approach where necessary

The subject content covered builds on the concepts and techniques introduced at key stage three. This content is split into six strands, Number, Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Geometry & Measures, and Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change. Students are also provided with opportunities to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.

Mathematics is essentially a holistic subject and, as such, is taught so that connections are made between the various strands of the curriculum. This helps to give students a broader understanding of the subject as a whole, thus providing a firm foundation for further study.



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