Mathematics GCSE

Mathematics GCSE

Master the mathematical tools you need for everyday life through this engaging, varied course. Key topics include algebra, statistics, geometry and probability – all skills that will prepare you well for higher level study across a wide range of subjects.

Why St Mary's

Our Mathematics Department includes alumnae of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who are passionate about teaching this rewarding subject.

As a core GCSE subject, Mathematics offers something for everyone. Whether you are good at shapes, or enjoy handling data, or simply want to check your phone tariff is correct, this course provides you with the tools you need.

With teacher support on-hand whenever you need it, you will cover key topics including number, algebra, geometry, statistics and more. This vital subject offers the knowledge you need to progress to further study across a wide range of subjects.

Our enriched learning opportunities can include:

Course overview

The assessments will cover the following topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

The assessment objectives are to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

All examinations take place in the summer of Year 11. There are three equally-weighted papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes in duration. Only Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.

Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts. The qualification will be graded and certificated on the nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

There are two tiers of entry:

  • Foundation Tier – grades 1 to 5
  • Higher Tier – grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed)

The majority of students will be entered for the Higher Tier. The course begins in Year 9.


At a glance
  • Syllabus: Edexcel 1MA1 (9-1)
  • Core subject
  • 3 written examinations
  • Subject-specialist teachers

Our results

Achieve the results you need to fulfil your dreams.

Read more

Additional Mathematics for talented mathematicians

Discover more

What our teachers say...

"I find a beauty in abstract things. Sometimes a really clever proof has an elegance all of its own. I enjoy listening to students when they are explaining how their method works; it is amazing how good they are at describing their thought-processes in meaningful words."