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Course Title – GCSE in Mathematics

There are two tiers of entry – the Foundation Tier and the Higher Tier.

At The Oakwood Academy we use the AQA examination board, following their Linear course (8300).

There are 6 areas of Mathematics where students have to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.

These are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics
Assessment
Students will be entered for the examination at either the Foundation or Higher Tier. Each student then does two examinations where they are assessed on the four areas of Mathematics as follows:

 Paper 1
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Paper 2
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Paper 3
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Foundation Tier
(Grades 1 – 5)
1h 30mins
80 marks
1h 30mins
80 marks
1h 30mins
80 marks
Higher Tier
(Grades 4 – 9)
1h 30mins
80 marks
1h 30mins
80 marks
1h 30mins
80 marks

Mock examinations will take place in both Year’s 10 and 11, enabling student progress to be tracked, whilst also familiarising students with the exam format.

Progression/Further Study

GCSE Mathematics 5 – 9 is compulsory for progression on to a Level 3 course and for entry to Higher Education e.g. University.

All Russell group universities will expect a minimum Grade 7 in Mathematics, no matter which course students want to study.

A Grade 5 – 9 in Mathematics is also required for many Level 3 apprenticeships e.g. plumbing and electrical installation.

For our most able Mathematicians there is also the option of studying Further Mathematics at GCSE (AQA Further Mathematics Level 2 (8360).