GCSE Maths

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GCSEs provide a uniform framework for assessment in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Chosen subjects are studied over two years and assessed by final exams.

Under the English numerical system, a minimum of a 4 is required to pass, while grades 1-3 are considered a fail. U continues to exist for unmarkable papers. These changes were enforced incrementally.

GCSE exams have traditionally been praised for facilitating a young person’s progression into work. Despite the rise in alternative qualifications, GCSEs remain the most widely recognised by national employers.  Many employers view a pass in GCSE English and GCSE Maths as important, and it is claimed that the significance of these core subjects is clear.

GCSE Mathematics has a foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

GCSE specifications in mathematics provide a broad, coherent, satisfying, and worthwhile course of study. They encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives. They also provide a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level.

The IGCSE and the GCSE are equivalent qualifications. Both are designed to test the completion of Key Stage 4, years 10 and 11 of the English National curriculum.

In UK schools these exams are taken by students aged 16 at the end of year 11. There is no age restriction for candidates studying from home.