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GCSE Mathematics

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Mathematics specification encourages students to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding in applying mathematical methods and concepts. It enables students to reason mathematically, draw conclusions and make deductions and inferences.

Students learn how to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of appropriate forms.

The specification has two tiers: Foundation and Higher. Each tier offers students a choice of units suited to a range of abilities, allowing them to demonstrate achievement. The assessment model enables students to monitor their progress and offers opportunities to improve their results.

Students also have the opportunity to achieve a recognition of achievement in Functional Mathematics.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE Mathematics is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has eight units, four at Foundation Tier and four at Higher Tier:

  • Unit M1: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M2: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M6: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M3: Higher Tier
  • Unit M7: Higher Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M4: Higher Tier
  • Unit M8: Higher Tier Completion Test.

Students choose one option from the two available at either Foundation or Higher Tier. They must take two units, one of which must be a completion test. See the full specification for details.

(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

S/IF/64/18 - November 2018 - Functional English and Mathematics
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 November 2018

GCSE Assessment Arrangements
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

S/IF/52/18 - September 2018 - Functional English and Functional Mathematics
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

Removal of coloured tint from the Online Marking papers (S/IF/56/16)
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 December 2016

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 07 December 2017

Past Papers

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