We follow a 5-year scheme of work

The purposes of this qualification are to:

● provide evidence of students’ achievements against demanding and fulfilling content, to give students the confidence that the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding that they will have acquired during the course of their study are as good as that of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world

● provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes Level 3 mathematics courses as well as Level 3 and undergraduate courses in other disciplines such as biology, geography and psychology, where the understanding and application of mathematics is crucial

develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts

● acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems

● reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions

● comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context 


The assessments will cover the following content headings: 1 Number, 2 Algebra, 3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change, 4 Geometry and measures 5 Probability 6 Statistics

● Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher (content is defined for each tier)

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier

● All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series

● Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3

● The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

    •  Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5
    •  Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).



GCSE Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) Spec No. 1MA1

Careers using Maths:

There are numerous pathways for careers with a good mathematics qualification. They range from academic research and teaching to the many applications in other disciplines – the sciences and engineering to finance, architecture and economics. Indeed, the list is very extensive.