Mathematics : Foundation GCSE

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It is a government requirement that any student who attained a grade 3 in GCSE Maths at school must study GCSE Maths until they attain at least a grade 4.
By attaining a grade 4 in GCSE Maths you vastly improve your future career opportunities.

What will I study in Mathematics : Foundation GCSE?

We use the Edexcel syllabus and all students who attained a grade 3 at school will study the Foundation level specification, which gives students access to grade 5 (a "good pass").
Since this is a revision course, we cover the content quickly, finishing the full content in one year.
For students who demonstrate that they are almost ready to sit the exam when they arrive in September, there is the opportunity to enter for the November exam.

It will all be familiar from school!

Topics will include:

Number
Algebra
Geometry
Statistics & Probability

Entry Requirements

Grade 3 in GCSE Maths

How will I learn?

When learning Maths, you need to do lots of practice questions to help embed the techniques and concepts, so this is what we do in lessons.

In the autumn term, we will focus on the bigger topics that run throughout the syllabus, such as percentages, ratio and solving equations.

In the Spring term, we will start to focus more on exam-style questions.

We use mixed questions at the start of lessons to help you remember a variety of previously learnt skills.

How will I be assessed?

3 exams at the end of the course:  1 non-calculator paper;  2 calculator papers.

Are there any costs involved?

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-GTX or 85-GTX.

FAQs

What grades can I get?

The grades available at foundation level are 1 to 5.

Grade 4 is what is required by many employers and university courses.


Can I do the higher GCSE paper?

There is a Higher GCSE Mathematics course you can study if you have already attained at least a grade 4 and want to improve it to help you meet particular university entry requirements.


Can I take the exam in November?

If you complete the Flying Start work and start to engage in revision by doing some past exam papers (which can be found on MathsGenie.co.uk), you will put yourself in a good position to perform well in the initial assessment we run in the first few lessons.  Students who demonstrate that they are already close to a grade 4 standard when they sit that initial assessment are then invited to sit the exam in November.


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