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Mathematics GCSE at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

Mathematics is concerned with the nature of numbers and space, pattern and relationships, and is a major tool in helping people make sense of, and describe, the world as well as to solve problems new and old, real and abstract. We believe that mathematics is a creative and useful activity requiring not only facts and skills, but also understanding gained through exploration and application.

Course content

We aim to provide relevant mathematical knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable students to have the necessary independence in adult society as well as promoting the ability and willingness to contribute actively and positively to that Society. We aim to give each student the confidence and satisfaction derived from a sense of achievement and to promote in them a lively and enquiring mind, capable of rational judgement and disciplined imagination.

Entry requirements

Students will be entered at the appropriate level for their ability. Both levels have the opportunity to gain a grade C at GCSE.


The GCSE is assessed by two exams at the end of year 11, one is a calculator paper and the other a non-calculator paper.

Financial information

Students will be required to bring their own scientific calculator to each lesson. They may not use a mobile phone for this purpose in Mathematics as mobile phones are not allowed in examinations and they need to be familiar with using their own calculator.

Future opportunities

A good result in this GCSE is imperative for future career progression. It has been shown that students with a good grade at A2 Mathematics earn on average £15,000 per annum more than those without. It is a prerequisite for entry to university courses to study finance, medicine, etc

Further information

Course contact: Mr P Strzelec,

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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