Mathematics – GCSE (KS4)

 

At Malden Oaks we enter students for the AQA Mathematics 8300 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 8300 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 the first two exam papers. The third exam paper is a statistics paper and therefore the emphasis will be on statistics only. All exams must be taken at the same tier.

 

Assessment

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

 

 Paper 1:

Written paper (Non-Calculator) – one third of the GCSE mathematics assessment

  • Foundation tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks
  • Higher tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks

Paper 2:

  • Written paper (Calculator) – one third of the GCSE mathematics assessment
  •  Foundation tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks
  • Higher tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks

Paper 3:

  • Written paper (Calculator) – one third of the GCSE mathematics assessment
  • Foundation tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks
  • Higher tier – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 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.

Key dates

24 May 2018

Exam for GCSE Mathematics Paper 1 (non – calculator) (both tiers) (8300/1F and 1H)
Series: June 2018
Start time: am
Duration: 1h 30m

7 June 2018

Exam for GCSE Mathematics Paper 2 (calculator) (both tiers) (8300/2F and 2H)
Series: June 2018
Start time: am
Duration: 1h 30m

12 June 2018

Exam for GCSE Mathematics Paper 3 (calculator) (both tiers) (8300/3F and 3H)
Series: June 2018
Start time: am
Duration: 1h 30m

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.