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Overview

GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy will build on and progress from the levels of numeracy expected at the end of Key Stage 3 through the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and will assess the mathematics that learners will need in their everyday lives, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas.

This course will encourage learners to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will help learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance and relevance of mathematics to their everyday lives and to society

The GCSE specification in Mathematics – Numeracy will enable learners to:

  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods, techniques and concepts required for everyday life, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas
  • select and apply appropriate mathematics and statistics in everyday situations and contexts from the real world use mathematics to represent, analyse and interpret information
  • acquire and use strategies for problem-solving and modelling in context
  • understand that models may need refining and that there may be more than one way to solve a problem
  • interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
  • communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.

Curriculum

  • The Maths GCSE course comprises 13 modules.
  • The following modules need to be studied by all students.

Foundation Modules

  • Module 1 – Numbers
  • Module 2 – Money
  • Module 3 – Measurement
  • Module 4 – Basic Algebra
  • Module 5 – Basic Trigonometry and Vectors
  • Module 6 – Basic Geometry
  • Module 7 – Further Geometry
  • Module 8 – Probability and Statistics

The following modules are only studied by those aiming for the Intermediate/Higher tiers.

  • Module 9 – Further Numbers and Equations
  • Module 10 – Higher Algebra Topics
  • Module 11 – Further Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Module 12 – Further Probability and Statistics
  • Module 13 – The examination

Assessment

The Maths – Numeracy GCSE syllabus has three tiers, Foundation, Intermediate and Higher. The Foundation level allows students to achieve grades between D and G, the Intermediate tier allows students to achieve grades between B and E and the Higher tier allows students to achieve grades A* and C.

This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course. Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer and November series each year, until the end of the life of this specification. November 2016 will be the first assessment opportunity. A qualification may be taken more than once. Candidates must resit all examination units in the same series.

  • WJEC GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy (Foundation Tier) – 3310PF
  • WJEC GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy (Intermediate Tier) – 3310PN
  • WJEC GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy (Higher Tier) – 3310PH

 

Unit 1 – Non-Calculator
Written Examination
Higher – I hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Intermediate -1 hour 45 Minutes (80 marks)

50% of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and long, both structured and unstructured questions which may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification.

Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.

Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.

Unit 2 – Calculator allowed
Written Examination
Higher – I hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Intermediate -1 hour 45 Minutes (80 marks)

50% of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and long, both structured and unstructured questions which may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification.

Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.

Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will be allowed in this paper.

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual. As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same GCSE exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification. Your GCSE course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

You can study GCSE courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and in person teaching in class, Online live classes only or Distant learning course.

IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning. Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE course work.

We offer a range of IGCSE Courses; see our Distance learning course page.


Choosing a tier isn’t always easy, particularly for languages, we can help you make a decision. Nobody is a better judge of a student’s ability than their teacher. Regular assessments and mock exams are a key part of our decision making.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.


  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have said in your enrolment.

GCSE’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year – would be an intensive course.
You may be able to complete this in one year as an intensive course, you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

We offer GCSEs – part time in the evenings to adult learners.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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