Exam Board: AQA

Why study this subject?

It may be unlikely that you will need to calculate pi or solve trigonometry equations as a chef, but learning basic maths skills at GCSE level help to build up essential skills that are used on a daily basis. Skills such as problem solving, analysing data, communication, logical thinking and attention to detail. Simple maths skills are used every day in the form of shopping, baking, journey planning and driving.

What does Homework look like in this subject?

You will have a piece of homework set each week, this could be a written piece or set on Mathswatch.  In Year 11 you may be set past exam papers to complete.


How it's assessed:

There are three papers and you will either sit the Foundation or Higher tier.

Paper 1 - Non – Calculator

Paper 2 - Calculator

Paper 3  - Calculator

Each paper is a written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, out of 80 marks worth 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment.

What's assessed? Content from any part of the AQA specification may be assessed in each paper.

Questions: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as you progress through each paper.

Where can it lead?

A pass in GCSE mathematics is essential to get onto most further education courses. A good grade in GCSE mathematics may be necessary for studying certain subjects at A-level. Subjects such as physics, geography and psychology all include a maths element.