GCSE Mathematics


Course Entry Requirements

If you have a grade 3/D on the GCSE Maths course previously, then you will be allowed to enrol on the GCSE Maths course (Foundation paper) at Wilberforce.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

GCSE Maths is a one year course.

At Wilberforce, you will do the linear GCSE Maths course. The topics on the GCSE Maths course are ones you will already be familiar with: there is number work (including fractions, decimals and percentages), algebra work (simplifying algebra and solving equations), shape work (angles, perimeter and area, etc) and finally data handling (averages, graphs and probability).

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important and also getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Maths department for some help.  We’re always happy to!

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Why should I study this course

GCSE Maths is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve Maths in some way.  GCSE Maths is a requirement for progression through Wilberforce and to University and is also a ‘must have’ for many jobs.  At College, some Advanced Level courses require you to have a grade 4 in GCSE Maths before you can enrol onto them.

How is the course assessed?

There are 3 exams to sit – one is a non-calculator exam and two are calculator exams.  All exams have the same amount of marks available on them.

During the year, your progress on the course will be checked by completing past papers.  These will be marked by your teacher using the same mark schemes as the examiners use, so that you know whether you are on course to achieve that important grade 4/C.

What will this course prepare me for?

There isn’t enough ink to type a list of all of the university courses and jobs that require students to have a grade 4/C in GCSE Maths.  Whether you like it or not, the problem-solving skills that you learn are necessary for most jobs in some way!

Private Study

As with all other courses in College, the expectation is that you will do some private study each week in your own time.  This might be a piece of written work to finish off from class, or maybe some work to do through the internet.

Homework and classwork is marked every week, so that you always have a good understanding of your progress on the course.

What materials will I need to provide?

The only things we ask you to bring are standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil and a ruler will do!  You might have your own scientific calculator that you may want to use, but we’re happy to provide them at College if you haven’t.

How will I be taught?

You will have 3 hours of Maths on your timetable and will have a single teacher.  The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them.  We have structured the GCSE Maths course so that you select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in everyday and real-world situations.

GCSE Maths is for you if:

…you are interested in progressing through College and maybe onto university.  It is also for you if you want to keep as many jobs open to you as possible!

GCSE Maths is not for you if:

…you are not prepared to be determined and persistent.  The best advice is to stick with it, try your best and see what you get.