Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 mainly study the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Syllabus 1MAO. Some students are also entered for OCR GCSE Mathematics Syllabus J567 at the end of Year 11 to increase their chances of achieving the best possible grade. All students are entered at the end of Year 11 for GCSE Mathematics course.

Structure of GCSE

  • 1 Exam in Y11
  • Students will be doing full GCSE Mock exam at the end of Y10 (important to know how to group them in Y11 based on their results and which curriculum pathway they will take)
  • One GCSE
  • No coursework
  • Everyone can gain a “C” grade
  • Externally assessed
  • Higher and Foundation

Overview of content

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Overview of Assessment

  • Two written papers – each 50% of the final grade
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (Foundation and Higher papers)
  • Non-calculator and calculator paper
  • Available in June 2015
  • 100 marks on each paper
  • Foundation Tier (C – G grades)
  • Higher Tier (A* – E grades)
  • 30 – 40% of the functional elements in Foundation tier papers
  • 20 – 30% of the functional elements in Higher tier papers

Equipment needed

  • Scientific calculator
  • Pens, pencils, ruler, etc.
  • Compasses and protractor

How can you, as parents, support your child’s learning?

  • Ensure that students are reviewing their work, through discussions with you
  • Help organise your child so that they bring all their equipment, books and home work to school
  • Talk about Functional Mathematics in everyday situations, such as
  • Approximating and comparing the sizes of objects
  • Discussing speed and time when travelling in a car
  • Looking at price comparisons and percentages in news paper adverts
  • Figuring out what a telephone or utility bill actually means and where the numbers come from
  • Talking about time, both 12 and 24 hour clocks
  • Comparing prices and looking at Best buys when doing your weekly shop
  • Budgeting and saving money

Groupings in Maths

  • Escalate – students that arrived with level 3 from their primary school – working in a smaller group with one teacher and LSAs – we expect these students to achieve at least a C grade in GCSE Maths
  • Excel – students that arrived with level 4 from primary school – we expect these students to achieve at least a B inGCSE Maths
  • Elevate – students that arrived with level 5 from primary school – we expect these students to achieve at least an A/A* grade in GCSE Maths.
    • All three groups are working separately with three different teachers
    • Students can move from escalate to excel to elevate groups if making better than expected progress.

GCSE Statistics

All Year 10 students will have a chance to achieve extra GCSE in Statistics at the end of Year 10.

  • Unit 1 – Statistics Written paper – 75% of the final grade
  • Unit 2 – Statistics in Practice (Coursework/Controlled Assessment) – 25%
  • Exam is on 23rd June 2014 – usually at the end of June each year
  • Controlled Assessment task needs to be completed by the Easter break


  • Planning a strategy (Hypothesis, Investigation, Experiemtns/Surveys)
  • Data Collection (Types of Data, Obtaining Data, Census Data, Sampling, Surveys)
  • Tabulation and Representation (Tables, Charts, Diagrams)
  • Data Analysis (Measures of Location and Spread, Time Series, Estimation, Correlation)
  • Probability (Calculating Probability, Tree Diagrams, Expectations)
  • Data Interpretation (Limitation of Analysis, Inferential Statistics, Deductions, Conclusions)

Useful Websites:

Events and Visits

  • UK Intermediate Maths Challenge – National mathematics competition for gifted and talented Key Stage 4 students – 6th Feb 2014
  • Disney trip – beginning of February – 3 day trip for Y11 students