Maths and Maths Numeracy GCSE

Learners in Wales will take two GCSEs in mathematics, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics Numeracy. Both qualifications were reformed for first teaching in September 2015.

GCSE Maths and GCSE Maths Numeracy are two separate qualifications, both full GCSEs of the same size and demand. They are significantly different from both the previous GCSE Mathematics qualifications, and each other, with each assessing different content and skills. Most learners in Wales will take both.

GCSE in Maths Numeracy will assess the mathematics that learners will need in their everyday lives, the world of work and other general curriculum areas.

GCSE in Maths will extend to aspects of mathematics needed for progression to scientific, technical or further mathematical study.

Students will have a choice of three tiers of entry: foundation, intermediate and higher. Each tier has a different set of available grades:

Foundation tier has grades D to G available.
Intermediate tier has grades B to E available.
Higher tier has grades A* to C available.

As these tiers overlap (for example grades B and C are available for both the intermediate and higher tier), the exam papers will contain some common questions.

For information on the GCSE Mathematics and how it will affect applications to higher education, please see our HE Guide.