How the course is assessed: Three 1 hour 30 minute exams taken at the end of Year 11 

Exam board: OCR (J560) 

Course overview: At Gartree High School, the GCSE Mathematics course is delivered over a three-year period. Therefore, all of our Year 9 students have already started working towards their GCSE in Mathematics. Mathematics is a core subject and is therefore studied by all students. The course is divided into two tiers, Foundation and Higher, and pupils will cover the material for one of these tiers depending on their ability. External assessment is 100% exam and students’ final grade will be based on three exams that will be taken at the end of Year 11 (there is no coursework element to the Mathematics course). 

You can expect to:

 • gain a firm understanding of the following five key areas of Mathematics: 

• Number

 • Algebra 

• Geometry and Measures 

• Ratio and Proportion 

• Statistics and Probability; 

• develop strong reasoning and problem solving skills that will be beneficial in later life;

• experience high-quality and engaging lessons;

• develop independent study through regular homework assignments and online resources; 

• receive appropriate support in exam preparation. 

• extra-curricular A Level preparation course during Year 11 for those planning to take A Level Maths. 

Where does it lead? Mathematics is a beautiful and engaging subject that equips students with vital reasoning and problemsolving skills. Due to the broad nature of the subject, a strong grasp of Mathematics will support learning in other subject areas such as Science, Economics, Business Studies, Computer Science and even certain aspects of Physical Education. Many career paths are open to Mathematics students, including engineering, computing, finance and academia. A strong GCSE grade in Mathematics is a pre-requisite for almost all AS and A2 courses, indicating the importance of this fascinating subject. Assessment and other information: Students will require the following equipment for every lesson during the GCSE Mathematics course: • pen, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and ruler; • protractor; • a pair of compasses; • a scientific calculator (available to purchase from Gartree High School). The Mathematics Department at Gartree High School consists of skilled and GCSE experienced teachers who are working at the cutting edge of modern Mathematics teaching. The department is fully up-to-date with the recent changes to the content and assessment system of the GCSE Mathematics course and will offer a broad and high quality experience to all pupils who attend Gartree High School. 

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