At Malden Oaks we enter students for the AQA Mathematics (Linear) B 4365 course. There are three main elements to GCSE Maths – Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measure and Statistics and Probability and Data Handling. The Year 10 and 11 schemes of work are planned in a cyclical manner. This means that where necessary, students will revisit topics that are found difficult regularly. It also gives the opportunity to extend learning more rapidly where appropriate.

Course content

Number and Algebra

  • Working with numbers in the number system
  • Fractions, Decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Language of Algebra
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Sequences ,functions and graphs

Geometry and Measures

  • Properties of angles and shapes
  • Geometrical reasoning and calculation
  • Measures and Constructions
  • Mensuration
  • Vectors

Statistics and probability

  • The data handling cycle
  • Data collection
  • Data presentation and analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • Probability

AQA Mathematics (Linear) B 4365 is designed to reflect the change of emphasis in mathematics teaching set out in the revised programme of study for Key Stage 4. This means an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problem-solving, reasoning and the functional elements of mathematics.

Students are given opportunities within the curriculum to discover how maths is used in the ‘real world’. This will give them the confidence to use maths in their personal lives as well as to answer maths questions which ask, for example, ‘Whilst on holiday in Spain, Gemma bought a pair of glasses for 77 Euros. In England, an identical pair of sunglasses costs £59.99. The exchange rate is £1=1.40 Euros. In which country were the glasses the cheapest and by how much?  ’In the specification, questions can be asked about all elements of the course in either of the two longer exam papers. Both exams must be taken at the same tier.

Please view the GCSE Mathematics overview and the Maths Year 9 Plan for further details of course content.


You will take two papers at the end of year 11, at either Foundation or Higher Tier:

Paper 1:

Written paper (Non-Calculator) – 40% of the GCSE mathematics assessment

  • Foundation tier – 1 hour 15 mins – 70 marks
  • Higher tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 70 marks

Paper 2:

Written paper (Calculator) – 60% of the GCSE mathematics assessment

  • Foundation tier – 1 hour 45 mins – 105 marks
  • Higher tier – 2 hours – 105 marks

To improve your chances of a high grade we have put together a useful resources page that we hope you will make use of.

Post 16 and employability

What types of skills do employers look for? Problem solving, analysis, data handling and communication skills, to name just a few. These transferable skills are useful in any job, and you can get all of them from studying maths.

These skills mentioned above are useful in any job, and employers recognise that you have them if you’ve studied maths. Apart from these general transferable skills, maths also equips you with a set of tools that are vital in many jobs.

Maths helps you communicate complicated ideas in a clear and unambiguous way. People working in science, business and many other areas use maths to explain complex situations, like analysing a company’s profits or checking that a building will stay standing. Maths also teaches you how to handle and interpret data, sifting through the numbers to come up with a solution.

Here is a selection of the wide variety exciting careers that you can do with a maths qualification:

  • Computer game designer and ICT
  • Medical statistician and medical research
  • Audio software engineer and digital signal processing
  • Meteorologist and climate prediction
  • Racing car designer and aerodynamics
  • Hotel and catering services
  • Art and design
  • Business and Finance
  • Construction/ Architecture