In Year 10 and 11, students follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300) specification. Students in Band 1 follow the higher tier (with grades 9 to 4 available). Students in Band 2 and Band 3 follow the foundation tier (with grades 5 to 1 available).
The specification can be accessed via the AQA website.

Assessment Dates 2018-19

Year 11:

Mocks 7th-17th January

Year 10:

Assessment Date (w/c)
Test 1 8th Oct
Test 2 17th Dec
Test 3 25th Mar
Test 4 29th April
Test 5 24th June


For further information about the content and structure of assessments, please see the Assessments section.

Study Club

Key Stage 4 Maths study club is held every Thursday 15:30 – 16:30, in A3.

Key Stage 4 club is the perfect place for students to complete homework, review topics they have found difficult in lessons and access exam practice. The club runs on a drop-in basis, so students can attend as and when they require some extra support with their maths or to complete their homework. The club is supervised by a different, qualified maths teacher each week. Therefore, it is also the perfect opportunity for students to hear explanations from other maths teachers in the department instead of just from their own teacher. This can often be helpful in understanding a topic they find difficult. 

Revision Guides

Students are able to buy revision guides from the Maths team for a discounted price of £2.50. Please see details by clicking on the correct tier below. If you would like to purchase one, please bring the money to your Maths teacher or Maths Admin.

Higher Tier

Foundation Tier


We offer our students opportunities to work beyond the curriculum throughout the year. Students are invited to work through puzzles and challenges, often linked to Universities and businesses.

We invite our top set students to complete the UKMT Maths Challenges each year, with many of our students achieving certificates and some moving on to the next stage of competition.

We also enter a team into the UKMT Team Challenge competition, requiring selected students to work together to solve complex problems. This follows opportunities for students to experience the same style of competition with internal practice challenges between teaching groups.

We encourage students to attend University days to experience the subject in a different light.

Please also see the school’s Whole School Numeracy page to challenge yourself to puzzles outside of lessons.

Course Overview

Students study AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300)

Students study AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300), and are assessed in a linear fashion at the end of Year 11. All pupils study Number, Algebra, Shape and Space, (Geometry), Handling data (Statistics) and Applying Mathematics (Problem Solving).

Students are assessed at either Foundation (grades 1 to 5) or Higher (grades 4 to 9).


Schemes of Work


The GCSE qualification is based 100% on examination. All 3 exam papers are sat in May/June of Year 11.

The examination will consist of 3 papers, each with equal weighting towards the final grade. Any content from the syllabus can be assessed in each of the papers, which are split as follows:

  • Paper 1: Non-calculator, 1hr30mins, out of 80marks
  • Paper 2: Calculator, 1hr30mins, out of 80marks
  • Paper 3: Calculator, 1hr30mins, out of 80marks

Throughout the course, students will be assessed internally, as per the assessment schedule.

Year 10

In Year 10, students are assessed 5 times per school year (as per the assessment schedule). The assessments cover all of the topics that have been taught up to that point in the year. The most appropriate form of preparation for these assessments is to attempt the practice questions from the AQA website, as the questioning is of a very similar style. Students should also make use of resources put on google classroom by their class teachers, including up to date topic lists and online tutorials or practice questions. Some of the suggested websites can be found in the Useful Links section on this page.

Year 11

In Year 11, students are assessed in the form of a mock exam which is conducted in true exam conditions, with external invigilators and using the exam halls. This gives the students the opportunity to experience the exact conditions of their GCSE exams and allows them to attempt a full practice paper for the first time. This exam will take place in January of Year 11. The most appropriate form of preparation for these assessments is to attempt the questions from the past papers on the AQA website, as the questioning is of a very similar style.

Student will be sitting two maths papers during the mock exams in January – one calculator paper, and one non-calculator paper each out of 80marks and lasting 1hr30mins. These exams could cover any topics from the GCSE syllabus (please see Schemes of Work in Course Overview).


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Home Learning Policy

Homework should be set once a week (as a minimum). Homework tasks vary. Some will be handwritten and others will need to be completed online. Sometimes, a student may have both styles of homework at one time. If your child does not have access to the internet at home, please contact their Mathematics teacher who can print out a paper copy of the work for them. Alternatively, students are advised to use the computers in the LRC or ICT suites during lunchtime or after school. 

Please note that most of the teachers in our department utilise Google Classroom to help assign tasks and provide work or further explanation.


There is no controlled assessment component in GCSE Mathematics.

Useful Links

Please see here for the collection of exam papers from each exam board for November 2017 (the latest set of papers). You will need to be logged in to you Fallibroome email account to access these. 


All resources cover all topic areas

BBC Bitesize

Khan Academy
Contains worked examples – although it is linked to the US curriculum it contains some good examples of algebra use

Maths Watch
Contains video demonstrations of all GCSE topics (students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son/daughter’s mathematics teacher).

Students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son / daughter’s mathematics teacher

Corbett Maths

Contains video demonstrations of all GCSE topics. Practice questions along with answers can also be accessed via this site.