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GCSE Mathematics

St. Olave’s follows the Edexcel course. The subject is assessed by three equally-weighted examination papers of 1.5 hours in length (two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper).

Mathematics is a linear subject: new work often depends on previous knowledge. A consistent effort throughout the whole course is therefore essential.

Year 9:

At the start of Year 9, students are placed in one of four sets. There are two parallel higher sets (1a and 1b) and two parallel lower sets (X and Y).

Year 10:

At the start of Year 10, students are placed in one of five sets. There will be two parallel top sets (sets 1a and 1b) and one middle set (set 2) and two smaller parallel lower sets (sets X and Y).

  • Set 1a and 1b will follow an accelerated scheme of work aiming to complete the majority of the GCSE syllabus by the end of the year.
  • Set 2 will follow a (slightly less) accelerated scheme of work.
  • Sets X and Y will continue the standard course.

Year 11:

At the start of Year 11, students in the top two sets (sets 1a and 1b) are re-set into two non-parallel groups.

  • Set 1a, the highest set, will initially finish the final topics of the GCSE course. The set will then continue by studying the concepts within AS level and the OCR Free Standing Unit in Additional Mathematics.
  • Sets 1b and 2 will complete the GCSE course alongside studying some of the concepts of the AS course to help consolidate the more complex topics within the GCSE course. They will sit their examination in the summer of Year 11.
  • Sets X and Y will continue with the GCSE course, culminating in the examination in the summer of Year 11.

Full details of the GCSE Mathematics course can be found at www.edexcel.com.