Examination Board: AQA 

Specification: Mathematics (Linear)

Mathematics is not an option – it is a necessary part of everyday life.


Description of Course

You will develop your subject knowledge and add to your range of skills to further understand mathematical methods and concepts.

These will be split into five strands and will build on the successes of your KS3 work:

Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability.

Assessment is by examination at either Foundation or Higher level.


How Will You Learn

A GCSE mathematics course will encourage you to be inspired and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and more importantly worthwhile course of study.

You will learn to interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Homework is a vital part of consolidating your learning and will be set weekly. There will also be revision sessions, master classes and help sessions available at lunchtimes and after school.


Method of Assessment

Written examination 100%. Students will sit three equally weighted written papers at the end of the course. The second is a non-calculator paper; for the other two papers, students are allowed to use a calculator.

Grades have now changed to Numbers and are available as follows: Foundation tier 1 to 5, and on the Higher tier 4 to 9.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

GCSE Mathematics provides a useful foundation for many post-16 courses and training opportunities. Courses currently on offer at Liskeard School and Community College to extend the study of Mathematics are:

  • AS and A Level Mathematics
  • AS and A Level Further Mathematics
  • AS Core Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics at a Grade B is necessary to continue on to AS Level courses in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Career Routes

Achievement in Mathematics at all levels is advantageous and often essential for a wide variety of scientific, business and technological vocations.

Universities and Higher Education Colleges specify that a grade C in GCSE Mathematics is needed as an entrance requirement for most courses.



School Prospectus

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