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Course: Edexcel 1MA1, 9-1

Mathematics is an important subject, both for many university courses and for the workplace. It is therefore important to have a firm foundation in the subject. 

You will be encouraged to develop your numerical, algebraic and spatial skills and to appreciate the use of Mathematics in other fields of learning. The Mathematics course teaches you to think and communicate in a precise, logical and creative way, selecting appropriate mathematical techniques and applying your knowledge when solving problems.

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You will learn topics relating to number, algebra, geometry and statistics. They will encourage you to think in a flexible way and to recognise relationships in Mathematics, for instance, using ratio and proportion as well as algebraic structures to solve problems.

You will be introduced to numerical concepts ranging from exact expressions to approximations, and algebraic applications, such as common functions and their graphs, and various types of sequence. You will also study geometrical reasoning, including trigonometry and circle theorems, as well as statistical observations and probability theory.


You will take three exam papers at the end of Year 11. Each of the papers is one-third of the overall assessment. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper. Calculators are allowed for papers 2 and 3. There is no coursework.

Additional Mathematics

Course: OCR 6993, A-E

You may be given the option to study for the Free Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) in Additional Mathematics alongside your GCSE in Mathematics but this will be dependent on your performance in the GCSE course and will take into account your other subjects and interests, too. If you take the Additional Mathematics course then both the GCSE and FSMQ assessments take place at the end of Year 11.

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You will develop topics from the GCSE course, giving you an introduction to the power and elegance of advanced mathematics. The topics give you an experience of the directions in which the subject is developed post-GCSE and the opportunity to explore applications of mathematics relevant to other areas of study.


You will take one exam paper at the end of Year 11. Calculators are allowed for this paper.