Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Find the Length of an Arc

In this worksheet, students will learn the formula for finding the length of an arc and will be able to apply it.

'Find the Length of an Arc' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Mensuration

Curriculum subtopic:   Mensuration and Calculation Perimeter Calculations

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview



Do you need an arc?

I Noah guy.....

Hilarious I hear you say.


Apart from the ark that Noah built, there is another kind ....

As you can see from the diagram below, an arc is a part of the circumference of a circle.


The only time you will probably need to calculate the length of an arc is in maths lessons.  (Unless Noah offers you a job)


I think maths is a little  bit like building Noah's ark.

It is easy if you read the instructions first time round.  

Instructions in maths come in the way of a formula.

Being part of a circle pi   pi is involved of course.


Also if you know how to find the circumference of a circle we have a bit of a gift.

Circumference of a circle is Π x diameter  (πd)

As an arc is part of the circumference it makes sense to use this as part of our calculation.

Length of an arc = angle ÷ 360 x π x diameter

Generally in maths questions your are given the radius of the circle, you could double the radius to get the diameter or quite often the formula applied could be..

Length of an arc = angle ÷ 360 x 2 x π x radius          


Remember you can us the π button on your calculator or use the values 3.14 or 3.142




What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • educational
  • bettfutures
  • cxa
  • pta
  • era2016
  • BDA award
  • Explore LearningTuition Partner
  • tacm