Mathematics is a universal part of life and plays a vital role in many aspects of modern society. Mathematics at GCSE level builds on the content, knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3.  The GCSE Mathematics course at Wright Robinson College is designed to develop students’ analytical, research and problem solving skills, which supports students for progression to further training and employment where mathematical skills are required.

Areas of study will include:

A wide range of topics is studied at GCSE including:



Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures



Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, learn to apply mathematical techniques to solve problems, and interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.


Two tiers of assessment are available: Foundation and Higher.

GCSE Ed Excel from 2017

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier, all three must be from the same tier of entry.

Paper 1 – Non-Calculator

Paper 2 – Calculator

Paper 3 – Calculator

From Summer 2017, the qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.

Personal Attributes required:

Students in Mathematics should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • translate problems in mathematical or non- mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem

Future Career Plans:

Mathematics is a key qualification for the majority of work places and higher education courses.  Our curriculum is designed to allow students to develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to respond with confidence to the demands of further study and the world of work.

Homework Expectations:

On average 45 minutes to 1 hour of written work per week for all students.

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