Maths - Key Stage 4

Mathematics is a core subject of the national curriculum that also forms part of the English Baccalaureate.


What will I be doing in lessons?

The GCSE Key Stage 4 course is a natural progression from your work at Key Stage 3 – though, obviously, you will study a wider range of topics at a deeper level.


How is the course assessed?

The course is now 100% final examination assessed. There will be three examination papers; two with and one without a calculator. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.


What grades could I reach?

That depends upon which tier you take.

  • GCSE Tier H (Higher): students taking this exam will be credited with a grade ranging from 4 to 9.
  • GCSE Tier F (Foundation): although following a similar syllabus to Tier H, both the level of content and the level of difficulty has been reduced. Grades 1 to 5 can be attained.

Both tiers of entry cover: algebra, number statistics and probability, geometry and measure, and ratio, proportion and rates of change.

All students need a scientific calculator as it is an examination requirement.