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An award winning sixth-form college in the heart of Central London offering a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners' achievements is excellent

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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE
Albemarle Independent Private College in Central London


GCSE Course Outline

Why study mathematics?

Students at Albemarle College studying GCSE Maths

Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences - physics, computing, biology etc. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life, for example:

What does this course aim to do?

This qualification in Mathematics will encourage you to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in your own life and to society. This qualification prepares you to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

What topics will I study?

What skills will I develop?

This course will give you the opportunity to develop the ability to:

Mathematics (EDX)

GCSE Specification

How is it assessed?

The GCSE has 2 tiers of entry

Foundation for students aiming for new grades 1 to 5
Higher for students aiming for new grades 4 to 9

Foundation and Higher GCSE Tiers

Comparison between old and new grades

Old and New GCSE grade comparison at Albemarle College

Structure of the Course
The course will be taught for 3x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework is set at the end of each session and deadlines for admission must be adhered to.

In the assessments there is a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks now being allocated to these higher-order skills.

Core Textbook

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics: Higher Student Book
Publisher: Pearson
ISBN: 9781447980209

Further Reading
Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Maths Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Book