GCSE Mathematics

About the course

This course in studied in Years 10 and 11. Mathematics is an essential tool, used to model and solve problems in engineering and science. In your GCSE Mathematics course you will learn to reason logically and interpret and communicate mathematical information. You will develop skills in and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, and apply mathematical techniques to solve a variety of problems.

Overview of units

The course content is built around a number of broad subject areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability and statistics

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will sit three examination papers, each 1 hour and 30 minutes long, in the summer of Year 11. There is no coursework element in this course. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. You will be graded on the AQA scale from 9 to 1, based on the total marks across all three papers, with 9 the highest grade. Foundation tier grades range from 1 to 5, while higher tier grades range from 4 to 9.

Where you can go next

Mathematics is a way of thinking, teaching you skills that you can use in any career, so mathematicians work in almost every field. GCSE Maths is an essential qualification for higher education, apprenticeships and many employment roles.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the AQA website.

Click here to apply