All pupils in Year 11 and 12 study GCSE Mathematics following the CCEA examination board syllabus. Pupils are streamed for Mathematics classes based on their ability and progress at Key Stage 3. All pupils are entered for GCSE Mathematics at the level which is considered to be the most appropriate to their capabilities and aspirations. We normally have one class attempting the Higher tier and one class attempting the Foundation tier. GCSE Mathematics offered by CCEA is a modular course and modules are taken throughout Year 11 and 12.
GCSE Mathematics
The CCEA GCSE Mathematics specification gives students opportunities to:
 develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
  acquire and use problemsolving strategies;
  select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and realworld situations;
  reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions; and
  interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
It also gives students a sound basis for progression, including progression to further study of mathematics at AS/A2 level or to the world of work.
The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:
 number and algebra;
 geometry and measures; and
 statistics and probability.
The units all provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their mathematical skills to reallife contexts.
All units in GCSE Mathematics are assessed through written examination papers. Of the six units available:
Foundation Tier candidates (targeting grades C–G) normally enter for T1 or T2 and T5.
Higher Tier candidates (targeting grades A*–D) normally enter for T3 or T4 and T6.
The grades available for each unit are as follows:
Unit

T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

T6

Grades available

E–G

C–E

B–D

A*–B

C–G

A*–D

Questions may require knowledge and use of problemsolving strategies. Each written paper includes structured questions, questions set in context and some questions requiring the unprompted solution of multistep problems.
Within all units there will be questions on the functional elements of mathematics. This means that students will need to show how they can apply mathematical skills to questions set in a wide range of contexts.
There will also be questions that assess quality of written communication (QWC). These QWC questions assess how students can express solutions in clear, concise, correct mathematical language, in words or in symbolic form.
In GCSE Mathematics, students are assessed against three assessment objectives. They must:
 recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content (AO1);
 select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts (AO2); and
 interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them (AO3).
