At Wellsway we follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE course, which requires students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
- Geometry & Measures
- Statistics & Probability
Students must use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts, and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.
GCSE Further Maths
We offer an additional Further Maths GCSE course to the most able students. This is a two-year extension course that offers a direct pathway to the A-level course. The AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics is an un-tiered Level 2 linear qualification for students who either:
- have, or are expected to achieve grades A and A* in GCSE Mathematics
- are likely to progress to A-level study in Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics
It is awarded on a five-grade scale: A* with Distinction (A^), A*, B and C.
The course content assumes prior knowledge of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study and covers the areas of algebra and geometry, both of which are crucial to further study in the subject, in greater depth and breadth. This new qualification also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices, and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.
Significant differences from Key Stage 3?
Maths is compulsory across Key Stage 3 and 4. We believe that for students to be successful at the end of Key Stage 4, they must think of the course as a five-year journey. Topics are delivered progressively through the years and students gain skills, understanding and confidence throughout this time. In Key Stage 3, students have a real opportunity to explore maths for fun, dispel misconceptions and lay the solid foundations on which their GCSE qualification will be built.
Why Study Maths?
Our mathematics curriculum and approach to teaching encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society. The qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.
The Edexcel Linear GCSE course requires students to:
- Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
- Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations
- Reason mathematically, make deductions, and draw inferences and conclusions
- Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context
How is the course assessed?
- The GCSE is assessed by two exam papers at the end of the course.
- The papers are assessed at two different tiers, Higher and Foundation.
Overview of assessment
- Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final grade
- Foundation tier grades C-G available
- Higher tier grades A* – D available (E allowed)
- Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes (both Foundation and Higher tier)
- 100 Marks on each paper
- Paper 1F and 1H: Non-calculator
- Paper 2F and 2H: Calculator
Quality of written communication
Students will be assessed on their ability to:
- Write legibly, with accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in order to make the meaning clear
- Select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter
- Organise relevant information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate
Stretch and Challenge
Students can be stretched and challenged in both assessments through the use of different assessment strategies, for example:
- Using a variety of stems in questions – Explain, Find, Calculate, Compare, Prove
- Ensuring connectivity between parts of questions
- Use of wider range of question types to address different skills
- Students are challenged by the content, skills and knowledge defined in each unit of the specification
What are the progression routes at A-level and beyond?
Students who study the GCSE course at higher tier and gain a grade A will have the opportunity to study mathematics at A-level
Which teacher is responsible for the course?