Edexcel Maths GCSE

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There is just one GCSE Maths course offered by Edexcel
The exam consists of three papers taken at either foundation or higher tiers. All three must be taken at the same tier.

● Paper 1 is non-calculator; a calculator is allowed in papers 2 and 3.
● Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
● Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
● Exams are taken in the summer. Students who are 16 years of age or over may take the exams in November.
● 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. Individual papers are not graded.
● Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.
● Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed)

For more on the new grading system, see my About Maths GCSE page.

For more details of this course, go to the Edexcel Maths webpage.


  • Hi bob, my daughter got a grade 5 for gcse higher tier maths (AQA) for June 2019. She was only 3 marks away from a 6. She wants to resit her maths exam in November 2019 with Edexcel higher tier. She always found the papers for Edexcel easier to understand and solve the questions easily compared to AQA. Are you able to help or advice about resitting her exams privately with Edexcel. She does not want to resit her maths with her school as they are doing AQA.

    I’m happy to pay for the exam privately but at a location near by or familiar to her.

    Look forward to your reply

  • if child entered for lower tier but school error – should have been higher tier- a high score can’t be converted if C can it. The child has Asperger syndrome and dyspraxia and the school has never requested extra time . exams due in may and june .Has Statement – not used, no SENCO help ever. What is the latest date to apply for extra time?

    • Don’t know – ask your exams officer, they’re the experts!


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