Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

GCSE Mathematics

Curriculum Intent

All students to believe they are capable of achieving high standards and becoming competent and resilient mathematicians.

Course description

Exam Board: Edexcel

GCSE Mathematics is a qualification that is required by most employers and is required for entry to further or higher education and so it is an important subject to study. The syllabus and assessment consists of Maths fit for the modern world and presented in authentic contexts. It allows students to develop mathematical independence built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding.

You will study:

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


There is a choice between two levels of entry: Foundation for grades 5 to 1 and higher for grades 9 to 4. Your teacher will help you to decide which level you should enter during Year 11. There is a new grading scale that uses the numbers 1–9 to identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level).

The course is entirely assessed by exams. These will be at the end of the course, where you will take three written papers, two with a calculator and one non-calculator.

Key Skills

You will develop the following skills:

  • Sound understanding of concept

  • Fluency of procedural skill

  • Competency to apply mathematical skills in a range of contexts

  • Confidence in mathematical problem solving

Where can it take me?

GCSE Mathematics is an important foundation for many courses which may be taken in employment or further education. This qualification provides a route to the study of A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Maths.

Further information

Please contact: Mrs K Finch (Faculty Director of Mathematics)

Useful Websites

Key Stage 4 Maths Curriculum Plan

GCSE Mathematics - Subject Course Overview