Mathematics

Exam Board: AQA

Syllabus Number: 8300

What will I be studying?

The areas for assessment are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

How will I be assessed?

Three exam papers at the end of the course, one without calculator, and two with. There is no controlled assessment component in GCSE Mathematics.

Examinations

Three papers of 90 minutes, equally weighted.

  • Paper 1 – Non calculator

Mixture of question styles and question length.  These will include multiple choice, short questions, multi-step questions and problem solving.

  • Papers 2 and 3 – Calculator

Mixture of question styles and question length. These will include multiple choice, short questions, multi-step questions and problem solving.

In all papers, the questions get more challenging as the student progresses through the paper.

Is there anything else I need to know about this subject course?

Functional skills are assessed in all three papers. Time is precious during the crucial GCSE years and it is essential that students arrive at all lessons properly equipped. In addition to exercise books and textbooks, for each lesson they will need: protractor, short ruler, 30 cm ruler, pen (with spare cartridges) or biro, pencil, rubber and sharpener and a Casio scientific calculator (available from the library). Students in the top set will be offered the opportunity to study an additional qualification beyond GCSE Maths.

Examination method

Written exam 100%.

Available grades

  • Higher: 4 – 9
  • Foundation: 1 – 5