# GCSE Numeracy & Mathematics

**There are now two GCSE qualifications for which candidates are entered for. It would be usual for candidates to sit both of these qualifications and therefore obtain two GCSE qualifications.**

## GCSE Numeracy

The assessment of this specification is tiered as follows:

- Higher Tier: Grades A*-D
- Intermediate Tier: Grades B-E
- Foundation Tier: Grades D-G

All candidates are required to sit 2 written papers.

## Paper 1 (Non-calculator) (50%)

### Written Paper: Foundation Tier - 1 hour 30 mins; Intermediate Tier - 1 hour 45 mins; Higher Tier - 1 hour 45 mins

### Foundation Tier - 65 marks; Intermediate Tier - 80 marks; Higher Tier - 80 marks

The written paper for each 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. Some of these questions will involve different parts that assess different aspects of numeracy but in the same context. Part-questions may vary in level of demand. Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.

## Paper 2 (Calculator) (50%)

### Written Paper: Foundation Tier - 1 hour 30 mins; Intermediate Tier - 1 hour 45 mins; Higher Tier - 1 hour 45 mins

### Foundation Tier - 65 marks; Intermediate Tier - 80 marks; Higher Tier - 80 marks

The written paper for each 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. Some of these questions will involve different parts that assess different aspects of numeracy but in the same context. Part-questions may vary in level of demand. Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will be allowed in this paper.

Each paper will cover the following topic areas:

- Number
- Measure
- Statistics

It will also cover some aspects of:

- Algebra
- Geometry
- Probability

The GCSE specification in Mathematics - Numeracy will enable learners to:

- Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods, techniques and concepts required for everyday life, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas
- Select and apply appropriate mathematics and statistics in everyday situations and contexts from the real world
- Use mathematics to represent, analyse and interpret information
- Acquire and use strategies for problem solving and modelling in context
- Understand that models may need refining and that there may be more than one way to solve a problem
- Interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
- Communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms

Two marks will be awarded on each examination paper, at each tier, for the assessment of ‘communicating, organising and writing accurately’. These marks will be in addition to the marks allocated to the mathematics. One mark will be awarded for communicating and organising. The other mark will be awarded for writing accurately (incorporating language, grammar, punctuation, spelling and mathematical notation). These questions will be clearly indicated on each examination paper.

For further information please see the WJEC GCSE Numeracy specification

## GCSE Mathematics

The assessment of this specification is tiered as follows:

- Higher Tier: Grades A*-D
- Intermediate Tier: Grades B-E
- Foundation Tier: Grades D-G

All candidates are required to sit 2 written papers.

## Paper 1 (Non-calculator) (50%)

### Written Paper: Foundation Tier - 1 hour 30 mins; Intermediate Tier - 1 hour 45 mins; Higher Tier - 1 hour 45 mins

### Foundation Tier - 65 marks; Intermediate Tier - 80 marks; Higher Tier - 80 marks

The written paper for each 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. Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics - Numeracy. Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics - Numeracy. Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.

## Paper 2 (Calculator) (50%)

### Foundation Tier - 65 marks; Intermediate Tier - 80 marks; Higher Tier - 80 marks

The written paper for each 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. Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in GCSE Mathematics - Numeracy. Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the content of GCSE Mathematics - Numeracy. Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.

A calculator will be allowed in this paper.

Each paper will cover the following topic areas:

- All the content of GCSE Numeracy

It will also cover additional:

- Algebra
- Geometry
- Probability

The GCSE specification in Mathematics should enable learners to:

- Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods, techniques and concepts required for progression into mathematics or mathematically-related disciplines or employment routes
- Make connections between different areas of mathematics
- Select and apply mathematical methods in both mathematical and real-world contexts
- Reason mathematically, construct arguments and simple proofs, and make logical deductions and inferences
- Develop and refine strategies for solving a range of mathematical and realworld problems
- Communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
- Interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
- Communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms

Two marks will be awarded on each examination paper, at each tier, for the assessment of ‘communicating, organising and writing accurately’. These marks will be in addition to the marks allocated to the mathematics. One mark will be awarded for communicating and organising. The other mark will be awarded for writing accurately (incorporating language, grammar, punctuation, spelling and mathematical notation). These questions will be clearly indicated on each examination paper

For further information please see the WJEC GCSE Mathematics specification