EXAM BOARD: OCR
TITLE: OCR GCSE Mathematics
In their Mathematics GCSE students will study topics on number, algebra, shape & space, ration and proportion, statistics and probability. Each topic will be taught to emphasise the need for:
- a sound understanding of the underlying concepts
- fluency in standard procedures
- competency in applying mathematical skills in a range of contexts
- confidence in mathematical problem solving.
There are three main assessment objectives:
A01: Use and apply standard techniques
A02: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
A03: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts
This is a linear course with all three examination papers being sat at the end of Year 11.
There will be three exam papers, two calculator and one non calculator, which will be taken at the end of the course. Each paper is 90 minutes in length with 100 marks available on each. Entry is either at Higher or Foundation Tier.
Routes for progression:
Whether you wish to pursue further study or get a job, GCSE Mathematics is essential. If you intend to study ‘A’ levels and go to university, a “good” pass in GCSE Maths is usually an entry requirement. The governments advice is that a grade 5 is counted as a “good” pass although some other routes may accept students with a lower grade, GNVQs or other vocational course have a compulsory mathematical element. An employer will usually ask what grade GCSE Maths you have obtained - the higher the better.