Specification at a glance

Subject content

Assessments

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

The information in the table below is the same for both Foundation and Higher tiers.

The Subject content section shows the content that is assessed in each tier.

Paper 1: non-calculator

What's assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • non-calculator
  • 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Paper 2: calculator

What's assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator allowed
  • 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Paper 3: calculator

What's assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How it's assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator allowed
  • 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.