This is a foundation level qualification from which you can gain a grade 4/5.
The specification follows a modular scheme suitable for both pre 16 and post 16 students.
What areas will I study?
- Working with number and the number system
- Fraction, decimals and percentages
- Factors, multiples, LCM, HCF, product of prime factors
- Types of numbers - Square, cube, powers and roots
- Recognise powers of 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Standard form
- Mass, length, time, money and compound measures
- Significant figures and decimal places
- Algebraic notation – product, sum, powers, fractions, brackets
- Simplifying expressions, substitution, rearrange formulae
- Equations, identities, expressions
- Function machines
- Coordinates, straight line graphs, quadratic graphs, reciprocal graphs
- Recognise kinematic problems
- Solving linear equations, solve quadratics by factorising
- Solve linear simultaneous equations, solve linear inequalities
- Represent inequalities on a number line
- Sequences, linear nth terms
Ratio, proportion and rates of change 15%
- Conversion, scale diagrams and maps
- One quantity as a fraction of another
- Express ratio in simplest form, direct and inverse proportions
- Compound measures
Geometry and Measures 15%
- Types of angles, triangles
- Congruence criteria
- Construction – SSS, SAS, ASA, RHS & fractional scale
- Circumference of a circle, area of a circle, circle properties
- Plans and elevations
- Surface area and volume of spheres, pyramids and cones, frustum
- Arc length and area of a sector
- Pythagoras’ Theorem
- Trigonometry, exact values
Probability (combined with statistics 15%)
- Single events, mutually exclusive events, independent events
- Tree diagrams
Statistics (combined with probability 15%)
- The Data Handing Cycle
- Data Collection
- Data presentation and analysis
Functional elements (in context problem type questions) are embedded in the specification.
What are the entry requirements?
All students are required to have a GCSE grade D in maths, grade 3 or functional skill level 2. The course is designed as a revision course for those candidates who are one grade off a grade 4, consequently the course moves at a swift pace and is not recommended for those who have not sat a GCSE examination within the last two years.
Where can I progress to next?
GCSE Mathematics is necessary for all students wanting to enter Higher Education or to study a Science subject. It is also a qualification asked for by employers.