Our guide to GCSE Maths.
What is GCSE Maths?
GCSE Maths is a qualification that is usually sat during school at ages 14-16. Adults do have the option to sit their exams later in life if they did not pass at school.
GCSE Maths is graded 9 to 4 (or A* to U on the old grading system). There are two tiers; Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4-9).
GCSE Maths is usually assessed on 3 question papers. One non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.
Why are GCSEs important?
GCSE English and maths are important as thy provide employers, further education providers and universities with proof that you have a certain level of ability.
A pass grade in English and maths is essential if you want to progress in your education and career. You may need GCSEs to:
- Apply for a job that requires GCSE grade 9 to 4 (A* to C)
- Access further education
- Enrol on an access course
- Enrol on an apprenticeship
- Go to university
GCSE can be more difficult to study if you have already existing work commitments or a busy personal life. If you can’t commit to full-time study, Functional Skills might be a better option for you.