GCSE Mathematics

Course details

Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and important for many jobs and careers. A good understanding of Mathematics will help you with other subjects at College too. We aim to help you achieve the best standard that you can.

When you arrive at Wigston College you will be in a set based on your end of year result and your High School teachers assessment. The set may be changed during the course, depending on how you progress in the subject. The aim is for you to be in a class where you are working at a suitable, but challenging level

All students will need some specialist equipment for this lesson. A ruler, protractor, compasses and calculator are essential for all external exams and will also be required during lesson time.

The GCSE has two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation. The grades available at the Higher tier are D, C, B, A and A*, whilst those available at the Foundation tier are G,F,E, D and C. There is no controlled element to this subject and at this point in time we are expecting to enter the majority of students for a linear course which has two terminal examination papers, one using a calculator and one without.

If you are heading for a good level 7, or 8, in your Mathematics SATs, you can opt for Express Mathematics.

How you will be assessed

There is no controlled element to this subject. A full GCSE is assessed by two written papers, one without a calculator and one with.

At the moment it is our intention to enter all non-express students for the Foundation Tier GCSE at the end of Year 10. Depending upon this result they will then follow one of three courses in Year 11.
With a good Grade C they may continue with Mathematics, following the Higher Tier course.
Students below a C will continue with Mathematics following the Foundation Tier course again.
Students with a low C will be offered an alternative course in Year 11, currently GCSE Statistics.
All students will then take a GCSE exam at the end of Year 11.

How will it help me at Post 16?

Grade C GCSE Mathematics is a requirement for many post 16 courses. Students gaining a good grade B may want to pursue Mathematics at AS/A2 level. Here students can choose from Pure with Statistics, which supports subjects such as Sociology, Business Studies and Biology or Pure with Mechanics which supports Physics or some Design subjects. Students gaining a good grade A or an A* may want to follow the Further Mathematics course which counts as two separate A Levels.