Mathematics GCSE at Wirral Grammar School for Girls
Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Mathematics and Statistics - Science and Mathematics
TEACHING STAFF: Dr Cook, Mrs Gregson, Mrs Haslam, Mrs Howell, Mr Robinson, Mr Wood, Mrs Smith-Richards
COURSE DETAILS: You will be entered for the higher paper
A*, A, B, C, D
It is possible to move set during years 10 & 11 depending on your progress.
EXAMINATION DETAILS: [Examination Board; Papers to be sat; Coursework; Time allowed]
You will be taking EDEXCEL GCSE Syllabus A which consists of two examination papers taken at the end of year 11. Paper 1 is a 1 hour non-calculator paper and paper 2 is a 1 hour calculator paper. In addition you will complete a coursework portfolio which makes up 20% of your final grade.
COURSEWORK DETAILS: [examples of topics; time allowed and deadlines]
Your coursework portfolio consists of two pieces of coursework. One of these pieces will be based on number and algebra or shape, space and measure, both of these require the use of algebra to solve quite complex problems. The other piece is a statistics project where you will plan how to collect, analyse, represent and interpret data to prove or disprove a hypothesis. Both of these pieces must be completed by February in Year 11 although some teachers may set earlier deadlines.
Mathematics is a skill which you will use in all walks of life. Whatever your plans for the future are Mathematics will play a key role in achieving them. The course will help you develop your skills in:
using and applying mathematics to some real-life problems
using a flexible range of number techniques
understanding the relationships between number and algebra
explaining shape and space through drawing work, practical work and I.C.T.
collecting, analysing, presenting and interpreting statistical data
Throughout the course you will further develop your ability to think clearly and logically.
Mathematics is a compulsory core subject which everybody is required to take.
Pupil views of the subject:
'I enjoy maths because it is very useful and it can be used in everyday life.'
'Maths is good fun and an enjoyable subject because it is challenging and tackles many different topics.'
'I find maths very good fun because it challenges me.'
'The best thing about Maths GCSE at Wirral Grammar is that you have excellent teachers who are always willing to help. Maths is really hard at times, but you always get to the right answer in the end and it teaches you to never give up when you are challenged.'
'The great thing about maths is the teachers. They are so approachable and give you loads of help.'
Contact for further information about this subject:
Mrs C Gregson
Acting Head Of Mathematics