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Should I stick to Foundation Maths GCSE or move to Higher Tier??

Hi,
background: I’m in year 10 and I do AQA maths.

So I am doing the best in my foundation class and getting consistent scores like grade 4+. My teacher has given me a maybe as to moving up. However if I were to move up to higher tier, I feel as it would really hard for me to catch up as in a few months it will be year 11.

My teacher has told me it is easier to get a 5 in maths foundation than in higher. So I was thinking that was best for me however I’m not sure what I want to be when I’m older so getting grades 5 or more would be beneficial to open my options.

sorry for the little rant but pls someone help me I don’t know what to do😭
(edited 1 month ago)
Do you know what you want to do in college/sixth form etc.?
Original post by asielala
Hi,
background: I’m in year 10 and I do AQA maths.
So I am doing the best in my foundation class and getting consistent scores like grade 4+. My teacher has given me a maybe as to moving up. However if I were to move up to higher tier, I feel as it would really hard for me to catch up as in a few months it will be year 11.
My teacher has told me it is easier to get a 5 in maths foundation than in higher. So I was thinking that was best for me however I’m not sure what I want to be when I’m older so getting grades 5 or more would be beneficial to open my options.
sorry for the little rant but pls someone help me I don’t know what to do😭

If you can work independently, you will be able to catch up. In year 11, teachers often go through topics we have already learn't so you will be able to do good as some people in higher are getting 4s and 5s without doing much revision. In my first mock exam I got grade 5 in higher with only watching videos, I didn't had much time to do revision. Maths foundation first half of paper will not come in higher but second half on foundation paper will be same on higher paper but from starting. If you can do well on second half of foundation paper you will be fine as if you do first half of higher paper really well you will be able to get grade 4 or 5. From my experience, It is harder to get grade 5 on foundation papers because you almost need full marks whereas in higher paper you only need about 25 to 30 marks out of 80 in each paper to get grade 5. You have so much time to learn many things so I suggest if you go to higher it will be okay. BTW I do edexcel maths. I learn't many higher topics in year 11 so I suggest you to do HIGHER if you can work independently because teachers even don't teach all topics, they only teach topics that most people get wrong so you can work INDEPENDENTLY you will be fine. Working independently means that you can learn topics on you own that you have not learn't before by watching videos and practicing questions.

Thanks, I hope it helps.
Reply 3
Original post by Harman Kaur
If you can work independently, you will be able to catch up. In year 11, teachers often go through topics we have already learn't so you will be able to do good as some people in higher are getting 4s and 5s without doing much revision. In my first mock exam I got grade 5 in higher with only watching videos, I didn't had much time to do revision. Maths foundation first half of paper will not come in higher but second half on foundation paper will be same on higher paper but from starting. If you can do well on second half of foundation paper you will be fine as if you do first half of higher paper really well you will be able to get grade 4 or 5. From my experience, It is harder to get grade 5 on foundation papers because you almost need full marks whereas in higher paper you only need about 25 to 30 marks out of 80 in each paper to get grade 5. You have so much time to learn many things so I suggest if you go to higher it will be okay. BTW I do edexcel maths. I learn't many higher topics in year 11 so I suggest you to do HIGHER if you can work independently because teachers even don't teach all topics, they only teach topics that most people get wrong so you can work INDEPENDENTLY you will be fine. Working independently means that you can learn topics on you own that you have not learn't before by watching videos and practicing questions.
Thanks, I hope it helps.


Thank you so much this actually really helped!! Do you know any good maths websites and channels I can go to? Thank you!!!!
Original post by asielala
Hi,
background: I’m in year 10 and I do AQA maths.
So I am doing the best in my foundation class and getting consistent scores like grade 4+. My teacher has given me a maybe as to moving up. However if I were to move up to higher tier, I feel as it would really hard for me to catch up as in a few months it will be year 11.
My teacher has told me it is easier to get a 5 in maths foundation than in higher. So I was thinking that was best for me however I’m not sure what I want to be when I’m older so getting grades 5 or more would be beneficial to open my options.
sorry for the little rant but pls someone help me I don’t know what to do😭

You could always try higher tier and if things don't work out, jump back into foundation tier. There isn't much difference between the two so I know you'll be able to catch up! :smile:
Reply 5
Original post by Harman Kaur
If you can work independently, you will be able to catch up. In year 11, teachers often go through topics we have already learn't so you will be able to do good as some people in higher are getting 4s and 5s without doing much revision. In my first mock exam I got grade 5 in higher with only watching videos, I didn't had much time to do revision. Maths foundation first half of paper will not come in higher but second half on foundation paper will be same on higher paper but from starting. If you can do well on second half of foundation paper you will be fine as if you do first half of higher paper really well you will be able to get grade 4 or 5. From my experience, It is harder to get grade 5 on foundation papers because you almost need full marks whereas in higher paper you only need about 25 to 30 marks out of 80 in each paper to get grade 5. You have so much time to learn many things so I suggest if you go to higher it will be okay. BTW I do edexcel maths. I learn't many higher topics in year 11 so I suggest you to do HIGHER if you can work independently because teachers even don't teach all topics, they only teach topics that most people get wrong so you can work INDEPENDENTLY you will be fine. Working independently means that you can learn topics on you own that you have not learn't before by watching videos and practicing questions.
Thanks, I hope it helps.


Thank you so much this actually really helped!! Do you know any good maths websites and channels I can go to? Thanks again!
Reply 6
Original post by jelllyfiiish
You could always try higher tier and if things don't work out, jump back into foundation tier. There isn't much difference between the two so I know you'll be able to catch up! :smile:


Thank you I will try!!
Reply 7
Original post by flowersinmyhair
Do you know what you want to do in college/sixth form etc.?


Honestly I have no idea on what course I want to do but I am looking into a career into travelling the world and helping people in need. Kind of like an international aid worker. But it’s just a thought so I’m not really sure.
Original post by asielala
Honestly I have no idea on what course I want to do but I am looking into a career into travelling the world and helping people in need. Kind of like an international aid worker. But it’s just a thought so I’m not really sure.
I would give higher a go, as people have said above as the worst thing that will happen at this stage is that you will get bumped back down to foundation
Reply 9
Original post by flowersinmyhair
I would give higher a go, as people have said above as the worst thing that will happen at this stage is that you will get bumped back down to foundation


Yea I guess you’re right, thank you and every one for your replys (and so quick as well 😂)
Original post by asielala
Thank you so much this actually really helped!! Do you know any good maths websites and channels I can go to? Thank you!!!!

I feel really happy that I could help. "Maths genie" is really good it has all topics by grade as well videos and practice questions. But this is for Edexcel, I am not sure if AQA and edexcel maths cover same topics. Search about it if they cover same topics then you can use maths genie. I think they are pretty much same as there is one YouTube channel called "GCSE maths tutor" - he is really useful, every topic he covers are for all exam boards so I am thinking that you can use "maths genie". You can also watch videos from "GCSE maths tutor" - he very useful as well, he predicts topics that will come and make videos on most hardest topics. I would recommend you to use maths genie first and do all topics from grade 1 to grade 5 and be confident on those topics. You can also use both (GCSE maths tutor AND maths genie) videos then practice questions from maths genie. Key to SUCESS is to know the topics then practice as many questions as you can. If you won't to do well in maths just practice and practice. If you cannot do much then at least Do one topic each day for maths, this will get you to grade 7.
You should always try your best, who knows if you get interested in maths later.

I hope it helps.

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