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Mathematics GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :OCR (OCEAC)
Category :Mathematics and Statistics - Science and Mathematics

Course content

What does the course involve?

You are starting on your KS4 Mathematics course which builds on the skills established at KS3 and you will begin to see firm connections between different aspects of the subject. Our aim is to develop the confidence and flexibility to solve unfamiliar problems and a positive attitude towards Mathematics, recognizing its importance as an analytical tool. We continue to stress the sensible use of a calculator as well as practising mental arithmetic skills. Coursework is integral to the course and your final portfolio will contain two pieces: one statistical survey and one size number pattern investigation.



Mathematics GCSE is taking on a new structure from September 2006. There will only be two levels of entry:

GradesAvailable Higher A* A B C D
Foundation C D E F G

You will be allocated to a set according to both your KS3 and school examination results. This will allow you to work at a pace most suited to your ability and on work that is sufficiently stretching but not off putting. Our aim is that all students enter for the Higher Tier. This in turn will give you the opportunity to continue your studies at AS or A level.
The course is modular with different stage examinations over the two years and a terminal examination at the end.

Examination sessions are currently held in January, March and June.

EXAM Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4
During the year 2006 8, 9 8 8 7
During the year 2007 10 9, (10) 9 8
Terminal (June) Higher Higher Higher Higher

The overall grade is a combination of:
Two modules 30%
Coursework 20%
Terminal paper 50%

Stage 7 8 9 10
Target Grades C, D B, C A, B A*, A

Future opportunities

Accelerated Mathematics

A small number of exceptional ability students will be invited to join an accelerated mathematics group. These pupils will aim complete their GCSE Mathematics course early. Subsequently they will study for 'Additional Mathematics' to be taken in June of Year 11 alongside their GCSE qualification. This is a stand-alone qualification at a comparable standard to an AS module. Pupils will be able to use this to support and enhance any university application as well as a good springboard to studying Further Mathematics as well as Mathematics in the Sixth Form

Further information

Other Information

Mathematics is an essential GCSE to acquire. Most universities and colleges require at least a grade C, regardless of the course chosen. Similarly most employers make this a prerequisite. Whatever your mathematical ability, MATHS CAN BE FUN, enjoy it!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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