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CCEA Maths

Why study Mathematics?

In this subject you are able to use and develop further the skills of numeracy, problem solving, ICT and other topics you have learnt at Key Stage 3. Throughout this course you will learn to recognise the importance of Mathematics in your own life and in society. Studying Mathematics will also assist you with other subjects such as science and technology.

How is GCSE Mathematics assessed?

GCSE Mathematics will be assessed at the end of Year 12 thus giving pupils time to
develop a mature understanding of the subject.

There are two tiers of assessment for each module:

Tier Grades
Foundation G to C
Higher D to A*

What next?

A grade C pass in Mathematics forms the basic requirement for employment in a wide range of occupations. Pupils who enter Further Education courses without a Grade C pass may be expected to re-take the examination.

GCSE Mathematics assessment consists of 2 papers as shown in the table below:

Papers Tiers of Entry % of GCSE Exam
Paper 1 No Calculator Foundation Tier - 1 hr 15 mins Higher Tier - 1 hr 30mins 40%
Paper 2 Calculator Foundation - 1 hour 45 mins Higher Tier 2 Hours 60%
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