Subject Overview

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.
Bertrand Russell

At Heart of England, Mathematics is recognised both as an independent subject and also a vital set of life skills. As a core subject, Maths supports many aspects of the curriculum and is essential for progression into Post-16 and higher education, as well as many career paths.

Syllabus (Course Outline and Structure)

Over two years, students will cover the requirements for GCSE Mathematics. We are following the new AQA syllabus (course code 8300) which is a linear course with no controlled assessment elements.

Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options

GCSE Mathematics is compulsory for all students. There are two tiers of entry; Foundation (which covers grades 5 to 1) and Higher (which covers grades 9 to 4). Tier of entry will normally be determined at the start of Year 10, with review during the first term of the GCSE course.

Activities and Trips

There are no compulsory trips or activities as part of the GCSE.

Subject Resources

Schemes of Work

Overviews of the AQA Higher and Foundation schemes of learning are available here:

Past Papers

Past papers are an excellent revision tool in the run up to Year 11 mock exams and thereafter, but as June 2017 is the first sitting of the new GCSE, only specimen papers are currently available. We do not advise working through many papers during Year 10, as there is a large amount of the syllabus still to be covered and so full papers are of limited benefit. Students will, instead, gain experience with GCSE-style questions through assessments and end-of-year exams on a selective basis.

A booklet containing several sets of specimen and practice papers, at either Higher or Foundation level, will be available to purchase by Year 11 students in February. Please see ParentPay for details.

Courses References

Online versions of the current GCSE textbooks (Essential Maths series) are accessible via the school library drive.

Useful Links

The maths department have created a Pre-GCSE Skills Booklet, designed for students about to enter Year 10 and covering the key maths skills that will be required prior to starting the GCSE course. GCSE students may find it useful to review these skills prior to assessments. In addition, links have been provided to some good sites that support GCSE revision.

Other Information

Revision sessions take place after-school for Year 11 students in the run up to Mock and final GCSE exams. Details will be displayed in Hampton building and emailed to parents.