The linear Mathematics specification is taught in year 10 and 11.This is done to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed not only as maths students but in adult life. Mathematics is seen as a vital building block giving students the thinking skills and access to logical processes they need to succeed no matter what their chosen profession. There is no coursework in the current mathematics specification.
New Specification as from summer 2017:
There are more examination papers for students to take
Paper 1: Non‐calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2: Calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 3: Calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes
The structure of the papers has changed
The new structure of the papers will see fewer questions targeted at the lowest grades and more questions targeted at the highest grades.
There’s a new grading system
A new grading system has been introduced using numbers to represent grades instead of letters. The new grades are on a scale of 9–1, with 9 representing the highest grade and 1 the lowest.
Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeships and employers will require a ‘high quality’ grade 4/5 pass in Maths.