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The WJEC Specification changed big time in 2015, and it’s changing again for students sitting it in 2019. Make sure you keep up to date.
GCSE MATHS: What YOU NEED TO KNOW
Students in Wales will be entered for two different mathematics GCSEs.
The first one is GCSE Mathematics Numeracy. This assesses ‘everyday life’ mathematics. It is ‘useful’ maths that you will need when you leave school such as booking holidays and working out discounts in shops. The questions can be quite wordy so it is important to practise as many past paper style questions as you can.
The second exam is the more traditional, procedural Mathematics GCSE. This is more skills based and gives you the maths that you need to progress with your studies should you wish to have a career in science or engineering for example.
If you are studying the exams at foundation level, you will need to sit four different mathematics exams as each of the two qualifications consists of two exams. Both unit 1s are non calculator and are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Both unit 2s are calculator allowed exams and are also 1 hour 30 minutes each.
If you are interested, the Specifications are here for Numeracy and for Mathematics.