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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At the start of year 10, students are placed in sets across the whole year group, based on their ability. They all study for a GCSE in mathematics, sets 1 to 5 studying for the higher level (Grades A* to D) and sets 6 to 9 studying for the foundation level (Grades C to G).

For students taking GCSE Maths in 2015 & 2016
All students are entered for AQA Linear Syllabus 4365 which has 2 levels of entry: Foundation and Higher.
The GCSE course is linear with 2 question papers at each tier which will be taken at the end of year 11.


PAPER 1 40%
Non-calculator 1 hour 30 minutes
70 marks 1 hour 15 minutes
70 marks
PAPER 2 60%
Calculator 2 hours
105 marks 1 hour 45 minutes
105 marks

Some questions in each paper assess the functional elements of mathematics. This will require students to select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts.

The setting for GCSE is as follows:-

Key Stage 4
HIGHER Target grade
Q Grade A*
U Grades A* & A
A Grade A
R Grades A & B
T Grade B & C

FOUNDATION Target grade

I Grades C
L Grade C
E Grades C & D
S Grades D and below

The levels for each of the sets are, of course, dependent on the ability of the students in the year group and will be adapted accordingly. The setting is reviewed each term using the GCSE grades as a benchmark.

For students taking GCSE Maths in 2015 & 2016
From September 2015, the specification for teaching mathematics changes.

The subject content is divided into 6 broad categories:

1. Number
2. Algebra
3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4. Geometry and measures
5. Probability
6. Statistics

The new GCSE Mathematics will have :
Foundation tier (grades 1-5)
Higher tier (grades 4-9)

Students will take three question papers at the same tier.
Non – calculator: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
1/3 of the GCSE assessment Calculator
1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks
1/3 of the GCSE assessment Calculator
1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks
1/3 of the GCSE assessment

Material to support GCSE Maths
Online textbook on the VLE
AQA Revision Guide and Workbook (£2.50 each available from the dept)
Mathswatch Disc (£3 available from the dept)
Scientific Calculator (£5.50 available from the dept)

Students are expected to have the following at each lesson :
Pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, a pair of compasses, scientific calculator


Homework is set each week, and is generally examination questions or consolidation questions based on the topics covered in the lessons. The homework should last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Extra- curricular provision 


trips at Key Stage Four
Intermediate Maths Challenge – Set 1 in Years 9, 10 & 11