Key Stage 4


 Examination Board:  Edexcel (to be confirmed)

Course Description:

All students continue their study of Mathematics to GCSE with a scheme of work designed to give progression from Key Stage 3.

The syllabus has five key elements:

  • Number
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability

Within each of these areas there is a strong emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.

During the course, students are given opportunities to use and apply the mathematics they have learned in the key elements.  Some of the tasks set incorporate the use of ICT.  Students in the top sets will also study for an additional mathematics qualification selected to suit the needs and strengths of the group.

Teaching and Learning Styles:

The style used at GCSE is similar to that already adopted at Key Stage 3.  Students will be expected to work individually and with others. As with Key Stage 3, students will meet various techniques which they can apply to exam questions.  Lessons incorporate use of ICT, visual resources, interactive and investigational tasks, work from textbooks and exam preparation.


The course is assessed through final examinations in Year 11, consisting of a combination of calculator and non-calculator papers.

Students will take examinations at the tier most appropriate to their ability and target grade

Higher 4 – 9

Foundation 1 – 5


Students are grouped according to the level achieved at Key Stage 3, and their target grade at GCSE. 

Further information on the above course can be obtained from Mrs H Scourfield, Head of Mathematics Faculty.