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Exam BoardEDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics (1MAO)
EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics and Further Mathematics
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EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics

EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics and Further Mathematics 


GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board—Edexcel     Course Code— 1MA1


What is Mathematics?

Mathematics can be found everywhere.  Whether we are managing our finances, decorating our houses,

following a recipe or deciding on a ‘best buy’, we use

Mathematics.  An understanding of statistics and data  can help us to analyse and criticise information that we receive through the media or other sources.  Understanding  of probability and chance can be applied to develop winning strategies in a game.

Progression and Careers

A good GCSE Mathematics grade is essential for many

courses in higher education and its importance is recognised by colleges and employers alike, as it is used widely in many careers.  At University, pupils can study a variety of courses, including Mathematics, Accounting, Law, Medicine, Physics, Geography, Astronomy and many others.

About the Course

The GCSE Mathematics course will  provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their skills in the following areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics

There is a particular emphasis on “Reasoning” where

pupils need to be able to show that they can use

Mathematics to solve problems in context and are able to confidently explain their decisions.

How is the Course Assessed?

Students will be assessed in their ability to:

  • Use and apply standard techniques
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • Solve problems within Mathematics and other

The GCSE assessment consists of 3 x 1½  hour written papers at the end of the course (each of 80 marks).

Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.

Paper 2 and 3 are both calculator papers

  A scientific model will be required.

Higher  Tier Grades—9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Foundation Tier Grades—5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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