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Teaching from September 2015 with the first set of exams in June 2017 GCSE Maths will have the following changes:

  • It will be tiered with an overlapping tiers model

  • Foundation tier covers grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (U)

  • Higher tier covers grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, (3), (U)

  • Overlap at grades 5 and 4



A breakdown of each paper


For the Foundation tier 

  • 50% of the paper must be targeted at grades 1, 2, 3

  • 50% of the paper must be targeted at grades 3, 4, 5


For the Higher tier

  • 50% of the paper must be targeted at grades 4, 5, 6

  • 50% of the paper must be targeted at grades 7, 8, 9


20% of the marks must be in common questions appearing on both tiers


The New Maths Curriculum Grading System Explained


The diagram of The New GCSE Grading System


What Is a Good Pass or an Awarding Grade?


The topics and the weightings of each content area which are set by Ofqual at each tier are as follows:


Number: Foundation 25%, Higher  15%


Algebra: Foundation 20%, Higher  30%


Ratio, proportion and rates of change:  Foundation 25%, Higher 20%


Geometry and measures: Foundation 15%, Higher 20%


Probability & Statistics: Foundation 15%, Higher 15%



Subject Content Introduced in the new GCSE:

  • know the exact values of sinθ and cosθ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°; know the exact value of tanθ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45° and 60° (Foundation and Higher tier)

  • use inequality notation to specify simple error intervals due to truncation or rounding (Foundation and Higher tier)

  • Venn diagrams (Foundation and Higher tier)

  • work with percentages greater than 100% (Foundation and Higher tier)

  • recognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the origin; find the equation of a tangent to a circle at a given point (Higher tier only)

  •  find approximate solutions to equations numerically using iteration (Higher tier only)

  • interpret the gradient at a point on a curve as the instantaneous rate of change; apply the concepts of average and instantaneous rate of change (gradients of chords and tangents) in numerical, algebraic and graphical contexts (Higher tier only)



Previously Higher Tier Content now Included at Foundation Tier:

  • trigonometric ratios

  • calculate with and interpret standard form (A x 10n ), where 1 ≤ A < 10 and n is an integer

  • apply addition and subtraction of vectors, multiplication of vectors by a scalar, and diagrammatic and column representations of vectors

  • factorising quadratic expressions of the form x 2 + bx + c, including the difference of two squares

  • using y = mx + c to work with straight lines on graphs



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Useful links

A brief guide to GCSE (9-1) Maths – first teaching September 2015