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A GCSE pass  ( Grade C  will be grade 4 June 2017 ) is essential and achievable, with work, by virtually everyone.    It does take time.  The content of GCSE mathematics at all levels is wide and you need to be scoring marks in all areas. It is no good having perfect algebra if you know no geometry.  You need to know mathematical terms (eg factors, multiples, mode, mean, median) to be able to interpret questions and score marks.  The key is to start work early, identify the weakest areas and work on them - on your own or with guidance.  Try practice papers to get familiar with the format, use online resources such as MyMaths and BBC Bitesize to practice skills.  Consider using a tutor.  Research has shown that for boys particularly, tutoring in Mathematics does improve  results (Institute of education (2003) - The results for English tutoring are less convincing!)

There are significant differences for students starting to study Mathematics in September 2015 who will sit the first GCSE (9-1) exams in June 2017.  There is more content at both Foundation (1-5) and Higher level (4-9) .  9 is the highest grade - a very good A*.  7 is equivalent to current A grade.  There are three,  hour and a half  exams, the first a non-calculator paper.  Questions may be more open-ended.  Students will be expected to remember more formulae.  OCR have a good guide here:  http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168454-mathematics-summary-brochure.pdf



Dave Elmer    dave@elmernet.com     0208 995 8580   July 2015

Notes for students sitting Mathematics GCSE  in June 2016 : Two exams are taken at the end of the two year course, even where the exam boards are still offering modular courses! Both the calculator and the non-calculator papers  include  'functional' maths (eg asking questions in contexts like working out the best mobile phone tariff) .  All current GCSEs have two tiers- Foundation (G-C grades) and Higher (D to A*).  Coursework has  been completely phased out . 

 Information here updated  July 2015 - please check carefully with your school/college, the exact Board and specification you are on. 

Links to all the exam board sites  and past papers - updated links July 2015

www.mymaths.co.uk  Very good resource for GCSE and A-level - Many many schools pay for access for their students - USE IT!!

BBC - Schools - GCSE Bitesize Revision - Maths  Good but some patronising trivial activities
S-Cool! - GCSE Maths Revision Guide    Popular, but not all topics covered

Revisionworld (formerly Revision Net)   Good Diagrams esp Circle Theorems- (coursework out of date)

Maths Questions and Model Answers from Past Papers - Good worked answers from Dr Zangle!

Online GCSE course materials from MEP Good source of worksheets (with answers)  to practice topics



Interactive Maths - US site - lots of Adverts but good interactive 'Flash' demos

Exam Boards


GCSE (A-H) Last Examination June 2016

Edexcel  GCSE 2010    Exams are at the end for all  Mathematics GCSE courses .  Edexcel still has two specifications - Linear A  and Modular BUT  even the modular course just has exams in a block at the end

GCSE (9-1) First Examination June 2017




Details for the IGCSE  - Taught in many independent schools - includes calculus - more like old O-levels



AQA Mathematics Resources Page  AQA Also have linear and modular options - more free resources here.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300/assessment-resources   Resources for new GCSE (9-1)




OCR Mathematics Qualifications -  Again all exams are now  at the end of the course

            OCR GCSE 2012 Mathematics A http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-mathematics-a-j562-from-2012/ in modules

            OCR GCSE 2012 Mathematics B http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-mathematics-b-j567-from-2012/ linear

OCR Maths GCSE  ( 9-1)



If you are confused about which course email me dave@elmernet.com



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