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Contact: Mr R. O’Connor – Head of Maths

Maths Long Term Plan

Course Structure & Overview


Exam Board: Edexcel
Syllabus: 1MA1


GCSE Mathematics is a two year course which will be assessed through 3 equally weighted written examination papers at either Foundation or Higher tier.


Paper 1: Non calculator paper (80 marks)
Paper 2: Calculator paper (80 marks)
Paper 3: Calculator paper (80 marks)


Questions are targeted at grades 1 -5 at Foundation tier and grades 4-9 at Higher tier.


Course Content


The new Mathematics GCSE will be more demanding than the previous examination with additional content.
The assessments will cover the following content headings:


1 Number
2 Algebra
3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4 Geometry and measures
5 Probability
6 Statistics


Skills Developed


GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills. You will use your learning in many situations throughout your life. Much of what you learn can also be used for other academic subjects.


• Provides opportunities for learners to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics across a whole range of topic areas.
• Allows learners to develop their problem solving strategies and provide the confidence and skills required to tackle unfamiliar challenges.
• Builds on work carried out in Key Stage 3 to prepare the learner to function mathematically.


Progression Routes


GCSE Mathematics is a qualification that provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment. It gives students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education.


Future Careers


GCSE Maths is a requirement for all degree courses and many jobs. It teaches accuracy and precision in work. The analytical and problem solving skills you learn are valuable in many different careers, for example Accountancy, Teaching, Business, Engineering, Medicine, Architecture and Computer Studies.