Subject Leader: Mrs Smith-Connell
Specification: Edexcel GCSE Mathematics
Why is this a core subject?
Mathematics is a fundamental part of human thought and logic, and helps us in understanding the world
and ourselves. It forms a crucial part of day-to-day life as adults, enabling us to manage our finances and
provide for our future. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages
logical reasoning and mental rigor. In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in
understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and
What will I study?
3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4 Geometry and measures
How will I be assessed?
Three examinations – Paper 1 Non-Calculator, Papers 2 and 3 Calculator.
Links to other subjects
Mathematics underpins the teaching of other subjects. In particular, there are many links with Science,
Technology and Engineering as a core STEM subject. Skills learned in Mathematics are also used in Food
Technology (Ratio, proportion and rates of change) abd Geography (Statistics).
Possible Career Paths
Studying Mathematics can make a significant contribution to any job that requires you to use calculations,
from office work to careers in retail. It develops the skill of being able to reason and decide which skill is
needed to solve problems. Mathematics is a useful subject in many careers including sales, marketing,
business and construction. If you are interested in a career in accountancy, medicine, engineering,
architecture, teaching, IT, police force and many other areas, a good grade in GCSE Mathematics is
essential, and you may need to study it at A level.