For many jobs and higher levels of study, GCSEs are a fundamental requirement as part of the application process.
If you struggled to achieve the grade you required for GCSE Maths, we can support you to develop the skills and confidence to enable you to retake the qualification.
Our expert teachers offer specialist tuition and guidance so you can achieve and progress in your career.
We aim to enable all learners to improve their numeracy skills, and our GCSE Maths course enables learners to achieve up to a grade 5 (5 being the highest grade available on a foundation paper).
- Develop confidence in the use of numeracy skills
- Understand the theory and application of formulas and equations
- Improve your problem solving skills
Full-time: As part of the study programme for 16 -18
Part-time: 1 year, daytime and evening classes are available for 19+
3 hours per week
GCSE Mathematics grade 3 (D) or Functional Skills Maths Level 2. If you do not have either of these qualifications and you wish to do GCSE, you will need to achieve an acceptable score in an initial assessment; this is done in college using an online assessment tool.
This course is ideal for students wishing to retake, or obtain, a GCSE in maths.
Sarah Rigby (Course Leader)
The GCSE Maths course gives you the opportunity to work towards gaining a GCSE up to Grade 5. Although much of its content will be familiar, we strongly suggest you brush up on your maths skills before starting the class to ensure you are confident in the areas such as mental arithmetic, fractions and percentages. GCSE Bitesize is a recommended resource to support your learning. Find out more here.
The course will cover the following topic areas:
- Number – includes topics such as mental arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, factorisation, standard form.
- Algebra – this topic area includes the use of variables, linear and quadratic equations and graphs, simultaneous equations, sequences.
- Geometry and measures – covering measurements, shapes, area, volume, angles, trigonometry, transformations, scale drawings, constructions and loci.
- Ratio and proportion – this includes problem-solving using ratios.
- Statistics – includes topics such as interpreting and drawing graphs, determining and comparing averages.
- Probability – this topic covers determining the probability of an event occurring, sample space diagrams, probability tree diagrams, frequency trees.
You will need a scientific calculator for this course. We currently use the Cambridge AQA Foundation GCSE Mathematics workbook, however, any workbook covering the new specification (1-9 grades) would be helpful, though not essential.
If you did not get a 3 (grade D) or above in GCSE Mathematics, you will have to retake this course alongside your studies, or be working towards this qualification through the stepping stone qualification, Functional Skills Mathematics.
In addition to attending lessons, independent study of around 3 hours per week is recommended.
Assessment and exam information
The course is assessed by three exam papers at foundation level (1.5 hours for each paper), two calculator and one non-calculator. Exams take place at the end of the academic year (end May/beginning of June); you will need to ensure you can attend all of the examination dates.
The exam board is AQA and the specification number is 8300.
You are also assessed by the teacher throughout the year to enable you to identify areas for improvement and to set targets.
Career and progression
This course does not offer work experience.
There are no enrichment activities with this course.
A GCSE pass grade in Mathematics (i.e. grade 4 or 5) is often necessary for higher education and many areas of employment.
The course will provide you with the fundamental qualification required to progress in your career.
The course is free to UK and EU residents.
If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.
A scientific calculator is required for this course (approximately £10)
The GCSE maths course helped me to pursue my dream career in nursing, I am about to start at a top UK university.