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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Mathematics

Maths follows the Linear GCSE specification, which consists of three exams at the end of Year 11.

In maths you will be working with students of a similar ability and sitting the same tier examination. There are two tiers – Foundation and Higher, and the tier you are placed in will depend on how well you are doing in Year 9. Some students who improve in Year 10 can change tier. Foundation grades range from 1 to 5, whilst higher grades range from 4 to 9. There is no coursework in GCSE maths.

Course/Qualification - Mathematics GCSE (Linear)

The course consists of many different topics that concentrate on different aspects of mathematics. The four main areas of study are number, algebra, shape, space and measure, and data handling. The exam is changing to include more problem-solving and functional questions, so you will see a lot of questions like this in lessons.

Years 10 and 11 - programme outline

In Years 10 and 11 you will be working through the different modules and you will be given regular assessments to identify and address any weaknesses or misconceptions. Throughout the course and especially towards the end of Year 11 you will have revision lessons to help prepare you for the exams.


The assessment is 100% examination. There are two exams at the end of year 11 which count towards your final grade. Exam duration is one hour 30 minutes..

Post 16 progression/ qualifications

Achieving a grade 4 or higher at GCSE is looked upon very favourably with colleges, even if you don’t want to continue studying maths.

Students who would like to study A-Level maths are expected to achieve at a 8 grade by most colleges. AS-Level maths consists of 3 modules, 2 of which are core maths and the other one is your choice of mechanics (like physics), statistics and decision (unlike anything!). If you want to complete an entire A-Level, you have to do 2 more core modules and then choose another one to make 6 in total.

Possible Careers/employment pathway

Numeracy skills are vital for most jobs, so achieving a grade 4 or higher are very important. More specific maths-based careers include civil engineering, accountancy, banking, insurance, software design and many, many more, all very well paid jobs!