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GCSE Mathematics

Overview

This GCSE is a two year unitised course providing a sound basis for progression to employment and further education, particularly GCE AS/A2 Mathematics.

The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

  • number and algebra;                                    о           geometry and measures; and
  • handling data.

The units all provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their mathematical skills to real-life contexts.

The eight available units are:

  • Unit M1: Foundation Tier                           о     Unit M3: Higher Tier
  • Unit M2: Foundation Tier                           о     Unit M4: Higher Tier
  • Unit M5: Foundation Tier                           о     Unit M7: Higher Tier
  • Unit M6: Foundation Tier                           о     Unit M8: Higher Tier

The grades that you can achieve depend on the units that you sit for assessment. Students studying Foundation Tier can also be awarded a level 1 or level 2 in Functional Mathematics.

You will sit two units: one from M1, M2, M3 and M4 and one from M5, M6, M7 and M8. Units M1, M2, M3 and M4 will be worth 45% each while Units M5, M6, M7 and M8 will be worth 55% each.

Examination Board

о   CCEA

Unit Tests worth 45%

There is a choice of 4 units aimed at different levels:

Unit                               Target grades                      Timing

  • M4 (Higher)                    A* - C                                 2 hrs
  • M3 (Higher)                    B - E                                    2 hrs
  • M2 (Foundation)              C - F                                   1 hr 45 mins
  • M1 (Foundation)              D - G                                 1 hr 45 mins

Each of these units will be assessed by an external written test with a calculator.

Unit Tests worth 55%

Unit                                  Target grades        Timing

  • M8 (Higher)               A* - C                 2 papers each 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • M7 (Higher)               B   - E                 2 papers each 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • M6 (Foundation)         C - F                  2 papers each 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • M5 (Foundation)         D - G                 2 papers each 1 hour 10 minutes.

Each of these units will be assessed by an external written test consisting of two papers: one paper with a calculator and one without a calculator.