AQA GCSE Mathematics
- Suitable for everyone. There is no such thing as a maths person.
- Working hard and being resilient are the most important skills.
- Pupils will enjoy studying about how everything in the universe works
- Well received at colleges and university as it’s the most important subject
What will I study & how will I be assessed?
The course builds on the topics that you have already covered in previous years but with an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and functional aspects of the subject. The course content is divided up into 6 broad areas of study of Number, Algebra, Ratio proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. The final award is covered by 3 equally weighted written exams in the summer of year 11. Each is worth 80 marks and lasts 90 minutes; 1 non calc, 2 calc exams. The exams have two different levels of entry; higher and foundation. Pupils will be entered for the level appropriate to their aptitude and ability. You should have your own scientific calculator for GCSE maths as well as your own protractor and compass set.
What will I do in lessons?
You will have 5 lessons a week in year 10 and 11. The content will be mainly covered in year 9 and 10 to allow year 11 to be used for refining exam practice. You will learn about how maths underpins many other subjects and how learning the problem solving skills you need for maths will help you in every career that you could possibly think of. You will begin to understand how everything is linked through the intricate and crucial laws and rules of maths. Home revision work will be set every week on Hegarty maths throughout year 10. Year 11 will be expected to complete an exam paper at home once a fortnight on top of using Hegarty maths for revision.
Where can Mathematics take me?
The simple answer is wherever you want to go. Every job will use maths in some form. A good grade in maths will get you onto the college courses you wish to study. Studying maths at a further level will open the doors to some of the highest paying jobs available including actuary, accountancy, data analyst, economist, as well as allowing you to progress in jobs that link to maths such as engineering, computer science and astronomy.