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 classtime 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 

Decimals 
Lengths, Areas & Volumes 
Averages 
Fractions 
Compound Measures 
Statistical Diagrams 
Percentages 
Polygons 
Box Plots 
Ratios 
Circle Geometry 
Cumulative Frequency 
Factors and Multiples 
Pythagoras' Theorem & Trigonometry 
Histograms 
Personal Finance 
Similarity 
Sampling 
Standard Form 
Transformations 
Simple Probability 
Approximation 
Loci & Constructions 
Adding & Multiplying Probabilities 
Limits of Accuracy 

Tree Diagrams 
Rational & Irrational Numbers 


Sequences 


Indices 


Algebraic Methods 


Proofs 


Graphs 


Equations 


Inequalities 


Equation of a Straight Line 


Formulae 


Variation 


Teaching and Learning
Students will be taught using a combination of traditional methods, PowerPoint presentations and other ICTbased 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.
Examination
Module T2/T3/T4 45 %
Module T6 55 %
The T6 test only is split into a noncalculator 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 ALevel. The knowledge and skills delivered by the Further Mathematics course will be invaluable in helping them cope with the mathematical content of all the Alevel 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.