New GCSE Curriculum Changes (Edexcel - Higher)

July 31, 2016

I’ve made this sheet just so that you are able to use resources you already have (such as old textbooks) and then use this to identify anything which you might have missed. The Maths curriculum is big and many of these changes are just pushing deeper into some of the Mathematical concepts that have already been in the curriculum. Just remember, don't panic! I know a lot of schools are under pressure because of this new GCSE but that doesn't mean you should be too. This page shows you that the changes in the curriculum are manageable and nothing for you to worry about. Just get practising!

Paper structure

Paper 1 - Non-Calculator  - 80 marks  - 1hr 30min

Paper 2 - Calculator - 80 marks  - 1hr 30min

Paper 3 - Calculator - 80 marks  - 1hr 30min

For both tiers, there will be new knowledge, skills and understanding that students will be assessed on in the new GCSE Mathematics (9-1).

There are changes in the structure of the papers, the most significant being that around 30% of the new assessment will be from the Algebra topic area. This is a significant increase from previous assessments.

No longer on formulae sheet

• Area of a trapezium

• Volume of a prism

• The Quadratic equation

• The sine rule, cosine rule, and area of a triangle


New Topics to the Higher Tier

• Expand the products of more than two binomials

• Interpret the reverse process as the ‘inverse function’; interpret the succession of

two functions as a ‘composite function’ (using formal function notation)

• Deduce turning points by completing the square

• Calculate or estimate gradients of graphs and areas under graphs, and interpret results in real-life cases (not including calculus)

• Simple geometric progressions including surds, and other sequences

• Deduce expressions to calculate the nth term of quadratic sequences

• Calculate and interpret conditional probabilities through Venn diagrams

New Topics to Higher & Foundation

• Use inequality notation to specify simple error intervals

• Identify and interpret roots, intercepts, turning points of quadratic functions

graphically; deduce roots algebraically

• Fibonacci-type sequences, quadratic sequences, geometric progressions

• Relate ratios to linear functions

• Interpret the gradient of a straight line graph as a rate of change

• Know the exact values of sin θ and cos θ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°; know

the exact value of tan θ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45° and 60°

Omitted from Higher

• Trial and improvement

• Tessellations

• Isometric grids

• Imperial units of measure

• Questionnaires

• 3D coordinates

• Rotation and enlargement of functions

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