If you want to get a C grade at GCSE Maths you need to be able to answer questions on all of the topics listed below.


  •  Using your calculator correctly
  • Rounding and estimating, including giving answers correct to a given number of significant figures
  • Writing a number as a product of its prime factors
  • Finding the LCM and HCF of numbers
  • Finding the reciprocal of a number
  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Multiplying and dividing with fractions and decimals
  • Finding an amount after a percentage increase or decrease
  • Using ratios in calculations


  •  Finding terms of a sequence from a formula, finding the nth term of a (linear) sequence
  • Expanding brackets and simplifying expressions
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Solving linear equations
  • Calculating with indices, simplifying indices
  • Solving (non-linear) equations by trial and improvement
  • Completing tables of values and drawing graphs
  • Calculating gradients of straight lines, knowing that parallel lines have equal gradients
  • Understanding and solving inequalities, representing inequalities on a number line


  •  Knowing and using angle facts including angles on a straight line, around a point; in triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons; interior and exterior angles of polygons; alternate, corresponding and complementary angles.
  • Using Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Finding the perimeter, area and volume of shapes including prisms
  • Finding the area and circumference of circles
  • Enlarging a shape by a given scale factor
  • Understanding that rounded measurements have upper and lower bounds
  • Understanding and working with loci
  • Doing calculations involving density


  •  Constructing and interpreting on frequency diagrams and pie charts
  • Designing and working with two way tables
  • Finding the modal class, estimating the mean and median of grouped data
  • Drawing a line of best fit on a scatter graph
  • Understanding the relationship between frequency and estimated probability, and understanding that the estimated probability is more accurate the more trials you use
  • Using probabilities to estimate populations
  • Calculating probabilities for two events

Try answering questions on each of the topics listed to see what topics you need to do more revision on.

Download the list of topics and use it as a checklist to help you keep track of what you’ve revised and what you still need to do to get a C grade at GCSE Mathematics. Make sure you try a variety of questions on each topic, short questions to test understanding and longer, more wordy questions to test your ability to apply and use your knowledge. To get a C grade at GCSE Mathematics, you need to be able to use and apply what you’ve learnt.

C Grade checklist