Mathematics : Higher GCSE

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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 qualifications, or to enable progression onto A-Level courses requiring GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above.

What will I study in Mathematics : Higher GCSE?

You will study all the topics included in Foundation Maths, but with lots more algebra!  As with Foundation, the higher syllabus is broadly split into the following sections:  number, algebra, geometry, statistics & probability.  The key difference is that the algebra section is significantly more complicated than at Foundation level.

Whist familiar skills such as fractions, ratio and percentages are still present, we consolidate and extend topics at the upper end of the Foundation syllabus such as trigonometry, standard form, quadratic & simultaneous equations, and graphs.

 

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 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.

Due to the fact that students begin the course from various different starting points, the teacher will assess the various starting points of the students within the class and design the course around the needs of the students.  It is unlikely that complete coverage of the whole syllabus will be possible in just one year, so the teacher will decide where to focus the energies of the class by identifying the topics most in need of improvement which are likely to have the biggest influence on students' final grades and future progression opportunities.

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 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 FX 85 GTX.

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 GTX or the FX 85 GTX.


How many lessons are there per week?

There are two 90 minute lessons per week of GCSE Maths Higher.


When do I sit the exams?

This is a one year course, so you sit the 3 papers (one non-calculator and two calculator papers) in May/June of your first year on the course.


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