The Mathematics Department will offer the new GCSE Mathematics (9-1) Linear course over one year at Foundation Level. The course covers topics in number, algebra, ratio, geometry, probability and statistics and there will be a great deal of emphasis on problem-solving within these contexts.
You will be given the opportunity to sit the GCSE Mathematics exam in October/November 2020.
There will be three sets of examinations:
Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam (1hr 30 minutes)
Paper 2 is a calculator exam (1hr 30 minutes)
Paper 3 is a calculator paper (1hr 30 minutes)
Each paper is worth one third of the qualification.
If you do not achieve the required pass grade in October/November 2020, there will be a further
opportunity to sit all three exams in June 2021.
The target grade for the GCSE Maths course is grade 4 (a standard pass). Grade 4 is broadly equivalent to the legacy GCSE grade C.
General Entry Requirements:
GCSE programmes require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3.
Subject Specific Requirements:
Mathematics grade 3.
How will I be assessed?
Those students who have achieved a grade 2 in GCSE Mathematics are currently (2018-19) enrolled to GCSE Mathematics at St. Mary’s College, aiming to achieve a grade 3 in Year 1 and then grade 4 in Year 2.
However, in light of curriculum changes proposed by the
Government in 2019, it is anticipated grade 2 students will enrol to Functional Mathematics Level 2 and after passing will terminate their Maths studies.
Those students who have achieved a grade 1 in GCSE Mathematics will
enrol to Functional Mathematics Level 1 at St. Mary’s College.
After passing Level 1, they will then progress directly to Functional Mathematics Level 2 the following year and after passing will terminate their Maths studies.
Where does it lead?
On completion, successful students can progress on to some A Level or Vocational Level 3 courses, on to apprenticeships with other training providers or go straight into employment.
We expect Level 2 Functional Mathematics to be recognised by most HE providers as an acceptable alternative qualification to GCSE Mathematics.