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St Thomas More

Catholic School

KS4

Curriculum Overview

For GCSE we follow the Edexcel specification.  This is divided into tiers of entry.

Tier

Topic Area

Weighting

Foundation

Number

22-28%

Algebra

17-23%

Ratio, Proportion and rates of change

22-28%

Geometry and Measures

12-18%

Statistics and Probability

12-18%

Higher

Number

12-18%

Algebra

27-33%

Ratio, Proportion and rates of change

17-23%

Geometry and Measures

17-23%

Statistics and Probability

12-18%

It is important to challenge pupils and expose them to a wider variety of Mathematics.  We encourage those pupils who are excelling in Maths to study GCSE Statistics, GCSE Further Maths and the Free Standing Maths Qualification in Additional Maths.

Enrichment Opportunities and Costs

No extra costs – except that we expect students to own a scientific calculator. Students will have a GCSE textbook to use and will be given a Revision Guide in Year 11.

Maths help is available in the afternoon with our period 6 extra lessons starting in year 10 and on Saturday morning. Many other interventions are available during your 3 years depending on your levels.

Selected students will take part in the Mathematics Challenge in February.

Future Directions

Which A level courses can be taken having studied Maths.

Depending on your results you will be able to study for an A Level in Maths, Further Maths. For Physics and the Sciences is also desirable to have achieved a good result in your Maths GCSE. In general, your GCSE performance is usually a good indicator of how well you’ll do in A Level or other advanced studies.

Which university courses require Maths GCSE

The majority of university courses look for at least a grade 4 in maths. Moreover specific degrees will be looking at your GCSE grades, for example a management degree at the University of Leeds specifies that you must have at least 5 in Maths. All engineering courses, medicine, mathematics and all science subjects need high grades in maths.  

Which careers could Maths lead to?

Just about everything! People with Maths degrees and other qualifications can go into: accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few…