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GCSE Mathematics

Why study maths?

Studying GCSE maths at Soham Village College provides students with the knowledge and skills to think analytically and have better reasoning abilities.  These can be used to think critically about the world around us and help solve problems by looking for solutions.  In lessons this is seen by developing good communication and problem solving skills in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Achieving well in maths at GCSE opens up opportunities and is highly regarded by sixth form colleges and employers. Maths provides a good foundation for many A-Level subjects and is often required to study subjects such as Business or the Sciences. Maths can lead to a wide range of careers such as engineer, architect, doctor, software programmer, accountant and meteorologist.

 

Foundation & Higher Course

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Exam Board Qualification Specification

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GCSE Mathematics 9 to 1

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GCSE Specification (9 – 1)  
Higher
Grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Foundation
Grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Paper 1 (33.3%)
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Paper 2 (33.3%)
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Paper 3 (33.3%)
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The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
In Key Stage 4, students develop and apply more sophisticated methods in Number, Geometry, Algebra and Data Handling. 
Assessments
These take place towards the end of each half term. Marks are recorded on Go4Schools. 
Units
In Key Stage 4, students develop and apply more sophisticated methods in Number, Geometry, Algebra and Data Handling.
Assessment
Students take a full GCSE mock exam at the end of each term in year 11. 

 Autumn    

Statistics
Sampling data
Average and spread
Statistical graphs
Cumulative frequency
Statistics
Classroom based assessment (1 hour)
Transformations
Transformations
Similarity
Congruence and proof
Loci and inequalities

 

Proportional Reasoning
Fractions and decimals
Ratio and Percentage
Direct and inverse proportion
Proportional Reasoning
Classroom based assessment (1 hour)
Number
Calculation
Number structure
Laws of indices
Standard form
Surds
GCSE Mock Exam 1
Formal Assessment in exam halls.

 Spring  

 

Probability
Multiple events
Mutual exclusivity
Venn diagrams
Relative frequency
Tree diagrams
Probability
Classroom based assessment (1 hour)
Quadratics
Brackets and factorising
Quadratic equations
Quadratic graphs
Iteration

 

Linear Algebra
Algebraic manipulation
Equations and formulae
Inequalities
Simultaneous equations
Graphs
Linear Algebra
Classroom based assessment (1 hour)
Trigonometry
Pythagoras Theorem
Trigonometry
Sine and cosine rules
Trig graphs
GCSE Mock Exam 2
Formal Assessment in exam halls.

 Summer   

Geometry
Properties of shapes
Circle theorems
Geometrical proof
Geometry
Classroom based assessment (1 hour)
Further Algebra
Algebraic fractions
Circle equations
Functions
Transformation of graphs

 

Measure
Surface area & volume
Circles, arcs and sectors
Cylinders, pyramids and spheres.
End of Year Examination
Formal Assessment in exam halls.

 

GCSE Examination
Formal Assessment in exam halls.