Mathematics and Numeracy GCSE

Mathematics at GCSE level consists of two qualifications – GCSE Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics.

Pupils will follow the WJEC specification and a course specific for their needs will be chosen. A considerable time will be spent ensuring pupils are entered for the tier that is most suited to them.

It is the intention that all pupils will sit the Higher Tier examination.

The most talented mathematicians will take the GCSE early and will continue with mathematics taking the Level 2 qualification in Additional Mathematics.

Assessment

The tiers of entry for this qualification are
Higher Tier: Grades A* – C
Intermediate Tier: Grades B – E

Pupils entered for this qualification must sit both units at either intermediate or higher tier, in the same examination series.

Unit 1 – Non Calculator
Written Examination
Higher – I hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Intermediate -1 hour 45 Minutes (80 marks)

50% of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions which may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification.

Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.

Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.

Unit 2 – Calculator allowed
Written Examination
Higher – I hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Intermediate -1 hour 45 Minutes (80 marks)

50% of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions which may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification.

Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.

Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will be allowed in this paper.

Subject Content
It is important that, during the course, learners should be given opportunities to:

• develop problem solving skills
• generate strategies to solve problems that are unfamiliar
• answer questions that span more than one topic area of the curriculum
• make mental calculations and calculations without the aid of a calculator
• make estimates
• understand 3-D shape
• use computers and other technological aids
• collect data
• understand and use the statistical problem solving cycle

What resources will pupils be provided with?

Each pupil is provided with a GCSE / Numeracy Textbook and Homework book, together with additional topic worksheets, tasks and past paper questions.

Textbooks

Mastering Mathematics for WJEC GCSE Linda Mason and Roger Porkess (ISBN 978-1-4718-5652-5)
Higher GCSE Mathematics Revision and Practice David Rayner (ISBN 0-19-914791-4)
WJEC GCSE Mathematics Higher Homework Book Wyn Brice, Linda Mason and Tony Timbrell (ISBN 978-1-444-11530-7)

How is the course delivered?

Pupils are taught using teaching a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Emphasis is put on:
• Enabling pupils to become confident with a whole range of mathematical skills
• Ensuring pupils enjoy mathematics in order to encourage excellent learning and
• Instilling confidence to apply mathematical techniques in a variety of situations

Pupils engage in investigative work, regular topic tests, past paper questions and Christmas and Summer examinations.

All pupils participate in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge, with many achieving Bronze, silver and gold certificates.

Links to the GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Numeracy Specifications are below:

WJEC GCSE in MATHEMATICS SPECIFICATION

WJEC GCSE in MATHEMATICS – NUMERACY

Useful Links

UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT)
The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions in the United Kingdom for 11-18 year old school pupils.

Mathematics in Education and Industry
MEI is a National Mathematics education charity that is committed to improving mathematics education.

Useful websites:
There are many, the following is a short selection:
www.ukmt.org.uk
www.intmath.com
www.mathscentre.ac.uk
www.examssolution.co.uk
www.mathsbank.co.uk

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