Advanced GCSE Masterclass: The Mysteries of Pascal's Triangle

Newcastle upon Tyne


This is the next in a series of masterclasses aimed at students in years 10 and 11 who are aiming for a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE and who are likely to study Maths at A-Level. It is also intended to support students who are studying additional qualifications such as the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths.

The aim of each session is to look at an area of maths that is as important at both GCSE and A-Level, at a level of depth and challenge that may not always be reached in school maths lessons. Students will benefit from the opportunity to discuss mathematical ideas with students from other shcools who are working at a similar level. They will also be strongly encouraged to begin using dynamic graphical technology to help with their understanding of the subject.

In this session the focus will be on Pascal's Triangle. We will sample some of the vast variety of situations where the numbers contained in this famous triangle arise and have uses. The ideas we will meet are incredibly important in A Level Maths, Further Maths and beyond.


  • Get a deeper understanding of the mathematics associated with Pascal's Triangle and the sequences of numbers that it contains.
  • Work alongside students from other schools who are working at a similar level.
  • Experience some of the benefits of using graphical and other technology to enhance your understanding of maths.
  • Tackle challenging mathematical problems.

Who will benefit from attending?

Students in years 10 and 11 who are aiming for a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths, especially if they are studying (or hope to study) additional qualifications such as the Level 2 Certificate of Further Maths.

Materials and Equipment

Students should bring their own pens, pencils, rulers and paper. You may also wish to bring a laptop, tablet, calculator or any other technology that you might find useful.

Other Information

Please note that this event is taking place on a Saturday and students are not expected to be accompanied by their teachers. As such, we will require parental consent forms to be completed, which will record emergency contact details and medical information for each student.

Teachers should make one application on behalf of their shcool, stating how many students will be attending. They will then be sent a link to a separate consent form which they should forward directly to parents/carers for completion.

On the application for teachers (linked to from this page) please enter your own contact details in the first section. For the "emergency contact details" please enter the details of a member of staff from your school (possibly yourself) who we can contact on the day of the in the unlikely event that there is an emergency and we are unable to get in touch with a student's parents.


This event is open to all students in years 10 and 11, although it is strongly targeted at those who are expected to achieve a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths. Applications are welcome from both state and private sector schools, although priority will be given to students from state sector schools.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Target year:

Year 10 & 11

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Use of technology, Reasoning

Event format:


Event length:

2.5 hours


North East


Westfield School,
Oakfield Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,


Sat 11th Jun 2022

Course times:

09:30 - 12:00




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Michael Gibson
[email protected]

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