Mathematics : Higher

GCSE Maths Higher is for students who are targeting a grade 5 or higher. The entry requirement is a grade 4 in Maths, but students are also accepted onto the course if they are entering UK mainstream education from either home educated backgrounds, foreign schools or Steiner schools, if appropriate. The main reasons that students take this course are either to meet university entry requirements, to supplement BTEC qualiļ¬cations, or to enable progression onto A-level courses requiring GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above.

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GCSE

What will I study?

GCSE Maths is for students who are targeting a grade 5 or higher. The entry requirement is a grade 4 in maths, but students are also accepted onto the course who are entering UK mainstream education from either home educated backgrounds, foreign schools or Steiner schools, if the results of an initial assessment indicate that this level of maths is appropriate for them.
The main reasons that students take this course are either to meet university entry requirements, to supplement BTEC qualifications, or to enable progression onto A-level courses requiring GCSE maths at grade 5 or above.

You will study all the topics included in Foundation Maths, but with Algebra!  The key difference between the Foundation and Higher specifications are that there is a lot more algebra in GCSE Higher Maths.

However, familiar skills such as fractions, ratio and percentages are also still present.

How will I learn?

When learning Maths, you need to do lots of practice questions to help embed the techniques and concepts.

Due to the fact that students begin the course from various different starting points, students work through the course material at their own pace using an online learning system.  Their progress is tracked and monitored by the teacher who gives feedback individually to students to help them move forward with the course.  End of topic tests enable students to identify which topics they're already confident about and which topics need improving.  The teacher then works with individual students to help them improve the aspects they need to develop.

How will I be assessed?

There will be 3 exams at the end of the year.  One Non-Calculator paper and two Calculator papers.

Are there any extra costs?

You are expected to have a geometry set (ruler, protractor, compasses) as well as a pen, pencil and eraser. 

You are also expected to have a scientific calculator such as the Casio FX 83 GT PLUS.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

GCSE Maths grade 4

Careers Information

Attaining a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths can widen your options when applying to study subjects which require some mathematical or statistical skills at university.

FAQs

Can I study this course if I already have a grade 5?

Yes.  You can study this course so long as you have at least a grade 4 in Maths already, and hope to improve your grade.  This could be aiming to improve a 4 to a 5, or aiming to improve a 6 to a 7.

Which calculator do I need?

We would recommend that you have one of the Casio scientific calculators, such as the FX 83 GT PLUS