Mathematics
GCSE

Awarding Body: EdExcel

Qualification Level(s)

Foundation tier (up to grade 5)

Course Description

If you have a grade 3 or 2 on entry you will be required to retake GCSE Maths during your first year at Portsmouth College. A good pass will be hugely valuable in terms of progression opportunities.

Grade 3 or 2 in GCSE Maths.

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%). There is a focus on problem solving, mathematical reasoning and the application of mathematical techniques and methods in real life contexts.

You will have a basic knowledge of mathematics, which you will build on during the one-year GCSE course.

100% examination.

There will be three exams at the end of the year – one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Gaining a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths is essential for many progression opportunities into higher education, employment and apprenticeships. The government has made it compulsory for students to continue with their studies in mathematics if they have not achieved a standard pass, or grade 4, at GCSE. 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.

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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.