Mathematics GCSE (AQA 8300)

Course aim

This course aims to enable learners to build on their previous mathematical knowledge and to increase their understanding, confidence and skills set in order to use mathematics in their future careers.

Entry requirements

This course is normally delivered over 2 or 3 years in schools. Therefore, it is necessary that learners have good numeracy skills before starting the course. All learners must complete an initial assessment in maths and English before enrolling on the course. Ideally, learners should have achieved Level 2 Maths Functional Skills or Grade D/Grade 3 in GCSE Maths or similar in an equivalent course in order to complete the course in one year. Learners will be expected to carry out at least 4 hours of independent study in their own time, every week, to cover all the course content.

Course length and duration

The course will run for 32 weeks from September to June, which includes a compulsory 2 or 3 week introductory course, with progression to the main Maths GCSE course dependent on learner progress, as well as attendance, punctuality and commitment. There are once or twice weekly courses with 3 or 2½ hour long sessions respectively at centres throughout the city. In some centres, sessions will be held in the evenings and Saturdays. Learners will be expected to attend a 1:1 tutorial about once every 6 weeks, either before or after the lesson.

Course Content

This course will cover the Foundation content of GCSE mathematics. The course is suitable for learners who have already achieved a certain level of mathematical understanding and knowledge. The main themes of the course are:

  • Number Ratio
  • Proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measure
  • Algebra Statistics Probability

Learning Strategies

During sessions, there will be a variety of learning strategies and opportunities including learning within a group, individual tasks, learning using technology and other activities. It is important that learners attend all sessions and make time to work at home every week in order to prepare, practise and consolidate their learning. The Service has a subscription to Mathswatch and Mymaths websites and its own Learner Zone website for learners to access at home or in a library for practice and revision. It is expected that learners will have easy access to a computer with the internet.


There will be 3 compulsory exams at the end of the course in May and June. These will be marked externally by AQA and results will be available in August. The provisional exam dates are 21/05/19, 06/06/19 and 11/06/19.

Progression Route

After successful completion of GCSE Maths, learners may progress to study Level 3 Core Maths, AS/A Level Maths or gain further employment.

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