|Course Title||:2 COURSES – GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy and GCSE Mathematics (Foundation, Intermediate or Higher)|
|:WJEC WBQ WJEC www.wjec.co.uk|
|Grade Range||:A* to C for HIGHER TIER. B to E for INTERMEDIATE TIER. D to G for FOUNDATION TIER.|
Aims of the course
GCSE MATHEMATICS – NUMERACY
Following a course in GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy will encourage pupils to develop the numeracy skills they will need in their everyday lives, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas. The emphasis is on solving problems in the real world and the problem solving cycle. Pupils will develop skills to make informed decisions about the management of money and the use of statistics. Numeracy focuses on representing, analysing and interpreting information. In addition they will be encouraged to acquire and use strategies for problem solving and modelling.
Following a course in GCSE Mathematics will extend to aspects of mathematics needed for progression to scientific, technical or further mathematical study. It will feature problems set both in real-world contexts and within mathematics itself and will encourage pupils to employ and evaluate different mathematical techniques. Pupils will be given opportunities to make connections between different areas of mathematics. In addition they will be encouraged to develop mathematical reasoning skills and to construct arguments and simple proofs, and make logical deductions and inferences.
How will I learn? What skills will I acquire?
During the courses, learners will have opportunities to:
- develop problem solving skills;
- apply mathematics in real life contexts;
- generate strategies to solve problems that are unfamiliar;
- answer questions that span more than one topic area of the curriculum;
- make mental calculations and calculations without the aid of a calculator;
- make estimates;
- understand 3-D shape;
- collect data.
How will I be assessed?
All candidates are required to sit two written papers for each GCSE.
Paper 1 (Non-calculator) (50%)
The paper for each GCSE/TIER will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions which may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification. A number of questions will assess candidates’ understanding of more than one topic from the subject content.
A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.
Paper 2 (Calculator) (50%)
As above but a calculator is allowed for this paper