GCSE Maths

GCSE Mathematics at Foyle College builds upon the foundations laid at Key Stage 3. Concepts first met in Years 8 – 10 are revised and then expanded upon to meet the requirements of the GCSE specification.

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at GCSE level. At Foyle College, our aims are to enable students to achieve the maximum grade of which they are capable whilst at the same time creating an interest in the subject so that all students will ultimately find it rewarding.

Approximately 50% of a year group will choose to study GCSE Mathematics over the course of two years, completing the course at the end of Year 12.

The remainder of the year group will complete the course in one year, sitting their GCSE Mathematics examinations at the end of Year 11. These students will then study GCSE Further Mathematics in Year 12. Students hoping to study GCSE Further Mathematics at Foyle College are expected to be placed in the top half of the year group in the Year 10 Junior Certificate Mathematics examination.

Course Details

The CCEA Revised GCSE Mathematics course is studied. Students’ progress will be closely monitored and they will be taught material and entered for the exam at a level appropriate to their ability.

Foundation Tier        Modules T2 and T5                        available grades   C – G

Higher Tier                Modules T3 and T6                        available grades   A – E

Higher Tier                Modules T4 and T6                        available grades  A* – E

Students completing the course over two years will have 6 periods of class-time per week. Those completing the course in one year will have 9 periods per week.

Course Content

The course is divided into three sections, the details of which are outlined below.

Number and Algebra

Geometry and Measures

Statistics and Probability


Lengths, Areas & Volumes



Compound Measures

Statistical Diagrams



Box Plots


Circle Geometry

Cumulative Frequency

Factors and Multiples

Pythagoras' Theorem & Trigonometry


Personal Finance



Standard Form


Simple Probability


Loci & Constructions

Adding & Multiplying Probabilities

Limits of Accuracy


Tree Diagrams

Rational & Irrational Numbers









Algebraic Methods















Equation of a Straight Line









Teaching and Learning

Students will be taught using a combination of traditional methods, PowerPoint presentations and other ICT-based activities. Practice of the required mathematical techniques will be gained from both textbook and past paper questions. Students will have access to comprehensive notes to assist with both their initial understanding of a concept and revision prior to assessment.

Scheme of Assessment

There is no controlled assessment. Assessment is by examination only.


Module  T2/T3/T4               45 %

Module  T6                           55 %               

The T6 test only is split into a non-calculator and a calculator section, each worth equal marks.

Pupils completing GCSE Mathematics over two years will sit the T3 exam at the end of Year 11 and the T6 at the end of Year 12. Pupils completing the course in one year will take all modules (T4 and T6) at the end of Year 11.

Career Opportunities

Mathematics not only teaches students about how to deal with numbers, algebra etc., it also trains them in how to think logically and be able to apply the principles they learn to everyday situations.

There are very few jobs for which a grade ‘C’ or above in GCSE Mathematics is not one of the criteria for application. It is also an essential qualification for entry to any course in third level education.

GCSE Further Mathematics (formerly known as Additional Mathematics)

If a student enjoys Mathematics and has shown ability at KS3 level, they should consider taking Further Mathematics as one of their optional GCSE subjects. This will allow them the option of continuing with the subject to A-Level. The knowledge and skills delivered by the Further Mathematics course will be invaluable in helping them cope with the mathematical content of all the A-level sciences, especially Physics.

Further Mathematics provides an extra GCSE mathematical qualification that will enhance career prospects. Highly numerate students are eagerly sought in all areas of employment.