Why study this course?
Many universities and employers require a minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics in order to access courses and employment. It is also important that students are competent in Mathematics in order to manage aspects of their daily lives (such as personal finance).
If you did achieve a pass grade, but wish to improve your grade to access specific university courses or employment opportunities, this is a great way to do it. In the past, we have had several students ‘convert’ grades 4, 5 or 6 to 7s, 8s and 9s by November of Year 12.
What will I learn on this course?
Students will follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Foundation course. Many students will have followed this course during Years 10 and 11.
Examinations & Coursework
Students sit 3 papers for Mathematics GCSE; 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no coursework.
There is an opportunity to resit the GCSE examination in November of Year 12 if students feel ready. Generally speaking we advise that students take their resit examinations in the May/June of Year 12.
Potential Career Paths
A grade 4 or above (or your desired grade if you are looking to improve on a previous pass) will open up a variety of career and study opportunities in your chosen area(s) of interest.