Curriculum – KS4 Mathematics

Course Content

The Mathematics Department believes that Mathematics can be a rewarding and enjoyable challenge, and we deliver the National Curriculum with this in mind.

The Mathematics Department has a strong commitment to ensuring that all students are taught to understand and make use of real life information. Students are encouraged to absorb new ideas, cope with ambiguity and solve unconventional problems. It is these skills and not just the skill of calculation that makes Mathematics a prerequisite for so many careers.

In Key Stage 4 Mathematics, all students study the four attainment targets of:

  • Using and applying Mathematics
  • Number and algebra
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Handling data

To promote fun within Mathematics, some students will have the opportunity to enter the UK Mathematics Challenge competitions.


Exam Board – EDEXCEL (To Be Confirmed)
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
 Three equally weighted papers sat at the end of Year 11.• 1 Non-Calculator Paper (33%, 1 hour 30 minutes)
• 2 Calculator Papers (33% each, 1 hour 30 minutes each)

The majority of students will be expected to do higher tier, which covers grades 4 – 9.

On regular assessment it may be more appropriate for some students to sit the foundation tier, which covers grades 1 – 5.