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Good GCSE Maths textbook

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by specialsupply, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. specialsupply

    specialsupply New commenter

    I thought this was the best place to ask this question
    I am an MFL specialist, looking to develop my Maths knowledge to possibly teach KS3 "/4 Maths. With a view to this, I want to take A Level Maths at night school. However, having taken my own Maths GCSE 18 years ago, I want to brush up on this first to prepare myself. Could you recommend the best course book for me to do some self-study- ideally with the answers in the back?
    Many thanks in advance.
  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    Start with the Pearson Longman "AS Core for Edexcel" - google it as my links on here always end up getting blocked. It's big and black, has a CD in the back, and answers of course. There is a sequel, A2 Core for Edexcel.
  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  4. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

  5. colinbillett

    colinbillett Occasional commenter

    Yup, if you want a book that was written probably before you were born, and revised in 1992, which was well before you took GCSE the first time, then go for the Greer. It is a solid text, covers all ye need to know, and quite admirable for a standby. I kept a copy for reference for years. If you want to know what is going on in classrooms now, you'll need to find something published this century. I'd personally go for any of the Edexcel GCSE books as a preliminary to the AS core quoted above. Something published by Edexcel, such as the GCSE Mathematics (9-1) books. Cost you twenty quid I'm afraid.
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    @specialsupply, if you wish an overview of what is being taught at GCSE & A-Level then you need only download the National Curriculum, board Specifications or grab a Scheme from your nearest Maths department.

    You've said you wish to brush up on your own sat Maths GCSE preliminary to A-Level, in which case Greer is sufficient and widely available at prices from a penny to twenty quid, over 500 pages fat with exercises answered at the back. It's a course of maths rather than a pure revision text.

    If you wish to practice with a contemporary revision text for GCSE then get Collins. They've produced a range of revision and practice texts for the new 9-1 specs:


    Editions available for Foundation and Higher, you can get them branded AQA, Edexcel and OCR although it's the same content with the odd example or question moved around. Good glossary in each, e-books (same text but clunkier than paper in my view) and the All-in-Ones have practice exam papers.

    My advice for your GCSE revision is to get both. You can skim a Collins Higher and revise adequately where you may, and acquire recent content such as Algebraic Proof, but if you find that insufficient then turn to Greer and get in some solid practice via his examples and exercises.

    If your plan is to teach then I also recommend you get a Collins GCSE Maths Higher Skills Book (again, available across the boards and for Foundation also):


    This will acquaint you with the style of questions for the new 9-1 GCSE assessment objectives AO2 & AO3 requiring students to select and apply rules across a range of contexts and to interpret and analyse problems to generate strategies for their solution.

    Good luck.
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  7. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  8. specialsupply

    specialsupply New commenter

    Many thanks to everyone for all your suggestions-lots of good ones to choose from.
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  9. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    You're welcome.
  10. tonyhawken

    tonyhawken New commenter

    The Greer is rubbish.
  11. colinbillett

    colinbillett Occasional commenter

    Yes, I was rather suggesting it belongs in the last century. It all depends on what one thinks is 'rubbish'. I wouldn't dream of suggesting it to anyone in this century.
  12. bbibbler

    bbibbler New commenter

    PM sent to you,
  13. dog_walker

    dog_walker New commenter

    just bought a fair few off the list , thanks for sharing :)

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