Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School



Mathematics is taught for 3 hours per week at Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) and 4 hours per week at Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11). Students are grouped according to their ability.

Students sit the Edexcel Mathematics GCSE (1MA1) at the end of year 11.


Year 7

HT1: Factors, Multiples, Primes, Powers, Roots; Calculate with Negatives, Decimals and Fractions; Place Value; Drawing and Labelling Diagrams;

HT2: Properties of Shapes; Simplify Algebraic Expressions; Substitution; Fractions/Decimals/Percentages;

HT3: Ratio; Sequences; Using and Converting Units; Angle Rules;

HT4: Percentage Change; Equations and Inequalities; Area

HT5: Estimating and Accuracy; Coordinates; Transformations

HT6: Pie Charts and Representing Data; Averages

Year 8

HT1: Prime Factorisation; Standard Form; Calculating with Fractions; Using a Calculator

HT2: Scale Drawing; Probability; Expanding and Factorising; Rearranging Formulae

HT3: Ratio and Proportion; Compound Units; Nth Term of a Sequence

HT4: Angles in Parallel Lines; Financial Mathematics; Linear Equations

HT5: Circle Area and Circumference; Volume; Straight Line Graphs

HT6: Probability of Combined Events; Scatter Graphs; Measuring Data

Year 9

HT1: Surds; Calculating with Standard Form; Bounds; Constructions

HT2: Expand Two Brackets; Factorise Quadratics; Direct and Inverse Proportion

HT3: Compound Units; Quadratic Sequences; Inequalities and Inequations

HT4: Arc Length and Sector Area; Pythagoras' Theorem; Congruence

HT5: Plotting Straight Line, Quadratic, Cubic and Reciprocal Graphs; Simultaneous Equations; Relative Frequency

HT6: Tree Diagrams; Sample Size; Time Series

GCSE Maths

Foundation Tier

Number; fractions and percentages; ratio and proportion; multiplicative reasoning; fractions, indices, and standard form

Algebra; equations, inequalities and sequences; graphs; quadratic equations and graphs

Graphs, tables and charts; averages and range; probability

Angles; perimeter, area and volume; transformations; right-angled triangles; construction, loci and bearings; congruence, similarity and vectors

Higher Tier

Number; fractions, ratio and percentages; multiplicative reasoning

Algebra; graphs; equations and inequalities

Interpreting and representing data; probability

Angles and trigonometry; area and volume; transformations and constructions; similarity and congruence

Course Components

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has 80 marks. The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.

Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).

Foundation Tier Topic Weightings

Number 22 - 28%

Algebra 17 - 23%

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 - 28%

Geometry and Measures 12 - 18%

Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%

Higher Tier Topic Weightings

Number 12 - 18%

Algebra 27 - 33%

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 - 23%

Geometry and Measures 17 - 23%

Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Year 11 After School Revision (Timing Flexible)
  • Year 11 Morning Support (Invitation Only)
  • UKMT Mathematics Challenge (Years 7 & 8)


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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