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GCSE Mathematics at Wilnecote High School

Course description

GCSE Mathematics covers a lot of basic skills that you will need to use in a variety of ways all through your life and because of this it is a compulsory subject for all students in years 10 and 11.  You will use a lot of what you learn in GCSE Mathematics in the other GCSEs that you study.  For example, in Science you may be asked to use formulae and solve equations, in Geography you will need to read charts and diagrams and use statistics and in D & T you will need to use measures and make scale drawings.  Most college and 6th form courses require GCSE Maths at Grade C as an entry requirement, as do many jobs and careers.  Content: What is GCSE Mathematics all about?  GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into three main areas:- Data Handling & Statistics,  Numbers & Algebra, Geometry & Measures. While studying mathematics you will be expected to: Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems, Use logic and reason to solve problems, Break down problems into small steps in order to solve them, Learn how to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively. There will be a big emphasis on using the Mathematics that your learn to solve real-life problems (Functional Skills). ARE THERE ANY COURSEWORK/STUDY REQUIREMENTS (including homework)  There is NO coursework for GCSE maths.  Students are expected to provide themselves with appropriate mathematical equipment for lessons and examinations.  This includes: a scientific calculator, protractor, ruler and a pair of compasses.  You should bring your equipment to all lessons.  What about exams – Assessment: There are 2 x 1¾ hour papers taken in one session at an appropriate time during the course.  Studying for the GCSE course starts after Easter in Year 9.   What about my results?  Results arrive about 2 months after the exam is taken.  These will be graded from A* to G .

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Mathematics or Statistics or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to mathematics such as an Accountant, Finance Clerk, Teacher or Payroll Officer. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years