What does this qualification cover?

GCSE mathematics is split across Higher and Foundation Tier. Breakdowns of the content are shown with the diagrams below. Over the GCSE course there is a large focus of the ability to problem solve. Topics are interlinked within questions so that a single question can include up to five different topic areas within the question – Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Statistics.


Tier Topic Area Weighting
Foundation Number 22 – 28%
Algebra 17 – 23%
Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 – 28%
Geometry and Measures 12 – 18%
Statistics and Probability 12 – 18%
Higher Number 12 – 18%
Algebra 27 – 33%
Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 – 23%
Geometry and Measures 17 – 23%
Statistics and Probability 12 – 18%

At the UTC, the Mathematics department aim to cover all the GCSE content in two years. Then, in Year 11, there is a clear focus on exam practice and to focus teaching at specific grades to ensure appropriate challenge. The 9-1 GCSE Edexcel Mathematics exam series uses two tiers – Foundation that covers grades 1 to 5 and higher tier which cover grades 4-9.

What’s included?

Content is split across the papers so that any topic can appear on any paper.

Key Features

GCSE maths will provide you with a plethora of transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers.

Areas that you will develop include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • The ability to understand statistics and data
  • Financial skills
  • Being able to communicate effectively and clearly
  • Resilience when faced with difficult problems

Links to workplace

A good GCSE qualification in mathematics is highly sought after by employers.

Careers that will utilise mathematics include:

  • Careers in finance including accountancy, actuary, banking and statistical analysis
  • Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Medicine
  • Computing

In addition to this having a solid qualification at GCSE mathematics will open access to many routes of study post 16. 




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