GCSE Mathematics

What is GCSE Mathematics?

Mathematics can best be described, at this stage, as the formulation and application of numerical and abstract concepts. Students build on their basic numeracy skills to learn more advanced mathematical procedures and how to apply them. During the course they develop a feel for numbers, learn to carry out calculations and understand the significance of the results obtained. From a practical point of view Mathematics is a vital tool in vocations such as Accountancy, Architecture, Engineering, Economics and Finance as well as being one of the key qualifications for access to Further or Higher Education courses. Employers also hold this qualification in high esteem.

The Specification

EDEXCEL Mathematics B 2MB01 - The scheme of assessment consists of two tiers: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier assesses grades G to C and Higher tier assesses grades D to A* (E allowed).


5MB1H Statistics and probability  75 min exam  30%
5MB2H Number, algebra, geometry 1 75 min exam  30%
5MB3H Number, algebra, geometry 2  105 min (H) 75 min (F) exam  40%

Course content

The course will vary in breadth and complexity according to the tier being examined and will cover:

Using and applying mathematics: problem solving; communicating; reasoning

Number and Algebra: numbers and the number system; calculations; solving numerical problems; equations, formulae and identities; sequences, functions and graphs

Shape, space and measures: geometrical reasoning; transformation and coordinates; measures and construction

Handling data: specifying the problem and planning; collecting data; processing and representing data; interpreting and discussing results

Reading List

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics - Higher  Heinemann