GCSE Maths

Exam Board – Edexcel (Examination code: 1MA0)

The Course

During Years 10 and 11, students continue to work in classes based on their ability. Each year group will follow a course designed to meet the requirements of the specification at a level appropriate to the ability of the students. Students use a variety of resources which include the London GCSE Mathematics textbook and computers.  The use of a scientific calculator is essential for the course. 

In the assessment there is now greater emphasis on problem solving, communication, proof and interpretation. This introduction ensures that students have the skills they need to use Mathematics in a real life context.  Problem solving questions are used in lessons on a regular basis to give pupils confidence to tackle these type of questions.



The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

At the end of the two year course there will be now three equally weighted written examination papers each counting for 33.3% of the examination: two calculator papers and one non-calculator. Each paper is 1hr and 30mins long and worth 80 marks each. 

Fewer formulae will be available in examinations and students are expected to learn most of them.   

The assessment will cover following content headings:

Number ;  Algebra;   Ratio, proportion and rates of change ; Geometry and measures

Probability; Statistics


The assessment objectives are the following:



Assessment Objective

Weighting (Foundation)




Use and apply standard techniques





Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically




Solve problems within mathematics and other context




Where it leads

GCSE Mathematics course will provide excellent skills to continue studies in Mathematics and Further Mathematics to AS/A2 Level. 


Examples of careers with Mathematics include:

  • Engineer
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Investment analyst
  • Lecturer/Teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Statistician
  • Actuaries
  • Surveyors
  • Astronomer
  • Architect