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Mathematics GCSE at Valentines High School

Course description

The course is intended for students who have not yet achieved a Grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

Course content

The programme of study follows the National Curriculum guidelines with the following the topic areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics & Probability.

The Higher tier of the GCSE mathematics syllabus features elements of problem-solving, functionality and mathematical thinking. There is a greater emphasis on applying and using mathematics to solve problems, and some examination questions will be set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world. Students might be asked to answer questions on, for instance, decorating a room or designing a garden; or perhaps paying bills or sorting out rotas for shop staff.

Examination questions require students to be able to communicate the mathematics they have applied. This may involve, for example, giving a reason for an answer, correctly setting out a proof or accurately marking up a statistical diagram. About 5% of the examination marks are now given over to this.

On the Higher tier grades D up to A* may be achieved. The course is entirely assessed by written examination.

Entry requirements

Grade D in Maths GCSE.


Students need focus only on the two written examination papers.

Future opportunities

A grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics may be a requirement for employment or further study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year