Mathematics
GCSE

Awarding Body: EdExcel

Qualification Level(s)

Foundation tier (up to grade 5)

Course Description

If you have a grade 3 in Maths, you will be required to retake GCSE Maths during your first year at Portsmouth College, alongside your other courses. A good pass (Grade 4 or 5) will be hugely valuable in terms of progression opportunities.

Grade 3 or below in GCSE Maths.

There is a focus on problem solving, mathematical reasoning and the application of mathematical techniques and methods in real life contexts. You will study topics across the following five strands of mathematics: number (25%), ratio & proportion (25%), algebra (20%), geometry & measures (15%) and probability & statistics (15%).

You will have a basic knowledge of mathematics, which you will build on during the one-year GCSE course. The course requires you to use a scientific calculator, as two out of the three exams allow the use of a calculator.

100% examination.

There will be three exams at the end of the year – one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers. There will also be mock exams throughout the year to track your progress.

Gaining a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths is essential for many progression opportunities into higher education, employment and apprenticeships. Whilst it may not be your choice to study GCSE Maths again, leaving College with a good GCSE pass will be hugely valuable in terms of your future education and career aspirations. Get ready for the world of work with our E6 Programme, which integrates opportunity into academic study.

A grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics will support you in whatever career or educational pathway you embark upon.

There will be various assessments throughout the year in addition to mock examinations in the Spring term. The final examinations take place in May and June.