Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Examinations

All units in GCSE Mathematics are assessed through written examination papers, which we set and mark. Of the six units available:

  • Foundation Tier candidates (targeting grades C–G) normally enter for T1 or T2 and T5.
  • Higher Tier candidates (targeting grades A*–D) normally enter for T3 or T4 and T6.

The grades available for each unit are as follows:

Unit

T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

T6

Grades available

E–G

C–E

B–D

A*–B

C–G

A*–D

Questions may require knowledge and use of problem-solving strategies. Each written paper includes structured questions, questions set in context and some questions requiring the unprompted solution of multi-step problems.

Within all units there will be questions on the functional elements of mathematics. This means that students will need to show how they can apply mathematical skills to questions set in a wide range of contexts.

There will also be questions that assess quality of written communication (QWC). These QWC questions assess how students can express solutions in clear, concise, correct mathematical language, in words or in symbolic form.