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Subject Overview 

Through mathematics, we learn to make sense of things around us. As technology has mathematicised the workplace and statistics are key in any debate, the mathematical sciences have moved from being a requirement not only for future scientists but an essential ingredient in the education of all.

Today's students will live and work in the twenty-first century, in an era dominated by computers, by world-wide communication and by a global economy. Jobs that contribute to this economy will require workers who are prepared to absorb new ideas, to perceive patterns and to solve unconventional problems. Mathematics is a key requirement for these jobs.

Throughout the GCSE course, students are encouraged to think about 'the bigger picture” logically and analytically. These fundamental maths and lateral thinking skills are useful across all kinds of disciplines and careers. They also support students with other subjects such as geography and business, where maths and statistics are regularly used.


Topic Overview 

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • Patterns and sequences
  • Fractions, Ratios and Percentages
  • Compound measures
  • Interpreting and representing data
  • Combinations and Permutations
  • Perimeter and area
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Similarity and Congruence
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Proportions and multiplicative reasoning
  • More Algebra
  • Linear and Nonlinear Graphs
  • Probability and further statistics
  • Quadratic functions, equations and graphs
  • Transformations and Constructions
  • Vectors and geometric proof
  • Circle theorems
  • GCSE exam


Examination Board 

Exam board: Edexcel – Papers : 1MA1(Non-Calculator) ,1MA2(Calculator) , 1MA3(Calculator)

Learning beyond the classroom

There are plenty of opportunities to investigate mathematics outside of the classroom. Experiencing mathematics in settings beyond the classroom gives students the opportunity to further understand the subject and feel excited about the subject. London offers many opportunities to experience mathematics in a range of settings such as 3D printing workshops run in museums and galleries, The London Maths trail, Maths and Islamic Art and Design, The Maths Magic Show as well as lectures in libraries, museums and galleries throughout the year.

Out of London students can visit Bletchley Park and see where the code breaking activities took place during the Second World War. There are guided tours and mathematics talks as well as workshops at the nearby National Museum of Computing.

Students can visit the British museum, the Science Museum, the RAF museums, Transport Museums and Art Galleries to view mathematical themed exhibitions and permanent displays to gain a further understanding of how mathematics is seen and used in our everyday lives.

Progression Pathways and Careers

GCSE Maths could lead on to further study in Statistics at A-level or other related subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and the Social Sciences.

Thanks to the growing importance placed on technology, big data and economic efficiency, by all kinds of organisations, expert number crunchers are increasingly in demand. Those who study maths are keen problem solvers, eager to make sense of even the most advanced equations. Academic research is a common career path, but so too are careers in teaching, business, economics, accounting and banking. This wide range of opportunities comes from the universal need for graduates with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Useful Links

An interactive online lesson and test for every topic taught in secondary school mathematics. Students get their own logins and their performance in the topic tests (online homework) are recorded so progress can be monitored. The online lessons are very good with nice animations showing topics that are difficult to teach using just a whiteboard, such as, constructions and 3D coordinates.

Mathematics Enhancement Programme 
A resource for every topic! Pupil text books, practice books, tests and much more on every topic through the primary, secondary and A-level curriculum.

Teachit Maths - an online library bursting with secondary Maths 

Contains interactive tools and games, downloadable worksheets and lesson ideas for the KS3 and KS4 Maths classroom. Teachit is a tried and trusted education resource used by thousands of teachers

A range of puzzles and activities for all abilities. The monthly puzzles really engage pupils as they can submit their solutions through the website and get them published online the following month.

Mr Barton Maths
Fantastic resources for mathematicians of all abilities

Hegarty maths

Award winning teacher, who has produced a number of videos and activities to help students in a range of topics

Boardworks and Whiteboard Maths

Publish interactive teaching software covering the entire curriculum at both primary and secondary level.


Videos, worksheets, 5-a-day starters, practice papers, revision cards and class quizzes

For further details contact 

Turaj Tahmessebi – Teacher of Mathematics email Turaj@northgate.barnet.sch.uk