GCSE maths is examined at two levels or Tiers. A student will either enter for the Higher tier or the Foundation tier. The grades that can be awarded are A* (pronounced A star) A, B, C, D, E, F and G where A* is the highest grade. It is possible to be awarded a (U) grade which means unclassified. It is generally thought though by employers that grades A* - C are of value.
The Foundation tier offers the following grades G, F, E, D, C whilst the higher tier offers the following grades D, C, B, A and A*.
If a candidate fails to obtain a Grade G on the Foundation tier or a Grade D on the Higher tier they will fail the course and receive a U. Candidates who narrowly miss a Grade D on the Higher tier, however, are awarded a Grade E.
The course can either be linear or modular.
In linear exams there are generally two papers, but check with your examination board. One paper is non calculator whilst the other allows the use of a calculator. Each paper normally is weighted at 50% of the total mark.
In modular exams there are several papers which students take in the course of two years where each paper will concentrate on one area of the syllabus.
The syllabus is divided into several sections that test
Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data
The main examination boards are Edexcel and AQA.
On this site you will find plenty of video tutorials which hopefully will give you the confidence and support you need to tackle your maths GCSE.
You may also want to look at our GCSE maths tips which provide further guidance.