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Mathematics - GCSE


GCSE Maths is a key qualification for future study and careers and is often asked for by employers and universities.  Having good numerical skills are also important in everyday life, helping you to manage your finances, work out a budget, set savings goals and understand financial paperwork like mortgage applications, pensions and payslips Students will have the opportunity to develop confidence, competence and the application skills to use mathematics to solve problems. The course follows the Foundation Tier syllabus with students aiming to achieve a grade 4 or 5.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
Multiple Sites
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Career Options and Progression

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

Obtaining a GCSE Maths qualification opens the doors to many more opportunities. All employers value good mathematical skills and obtaining this qualification will put you on the right path to your chosen career.

This qualification is regularly required for many Further Education and University courses as well as for students aspiring to the professions.


Key information

Entry Requirements

The course is targeted for students aged 19+.

Any students aged below 19 who has not already achieved a Level  4 or above at GCSE will complete Maths alongside their main college course.

We can offer you a place on this course if you have a grade D or a grade 3 at GCSE or Functional Skills at Level 2 in the relevant subject. Evidence of this will be required at enrolment.

We can also offer you a Pre-GCSE assessment if you do not already have a grade D, grade 3, Functional Skills Level 2, or cannot provide evidence of your prior qualifications.

You will be expected to achieve 70% on the Pre-GCSE assessment.

Qualification Obtained

GCSE Mathematics

Extra costs and equipment

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

  • Notepad
  • Pen
  • Geometry set (e.g. compass, ruler, set square, protractor)
  • Scientific calculator (e.g Casio fx-85GTX)

Many students like to purchase a revision guide to use throughout the year. We recommend the CGP Foundation revision guide.

Tuition Fees

Please read our tuition fee guide for adult learners

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

  • Notepad
  • Pen
  • Geometry set (e.g. compass, ruler, set square, protractor)
  • Scientific calculator

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: AQA

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

This is not applicable as this is a part-time course of 3 hours per week.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

This is not applicable as this is a part-time course of 3 hours per week.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course follows the Edexcel (1MA1) Foundation Tier syllabus, where students are aiming to achieving a grade 4 or 5.

The GCSE Maths Foundation Tier covers a wealth of essential processes, including algebra, ratio, geometry, probability, and statistics. By learning these topics, you will become confident in using Maths skills in everyday life. Plus, this foundational knowledge will propel you towards further study, should you choose to take this route.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Methods

Throughout the year, students will complete assessments to monitor progress and continually improve skills needed for the end of year examinations. Assessments will match the standard and style of the final examinations so that students are fully prepared.

Students will receive regular feedback on ways to improve and will be set targets to aid their progression.

Finally, students will complete three exam papers in the summer term which are 1 hour and 30 minutes each. One without a calculator and two with a calculator.