Maths - Working Towards GCSE

Course Description

This course aims to empower learners, by building on existing mathematical knowledge, increasing their understanding, confidence and skill set to use mathematics in their future careers.  

This course will cover the Grades 1-3 content of Foundation GCSE mathematics. The main areas of the study are: number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry and measure, statistics and probability. 

Working towards GCSE courses will be delivered mainly online. For online classes, you must have easy access to a computer with the internet. Classes will be held twice a week and each session will be 2.5 hours long. All September start Working Towards GCSE courses will progress to GCSE Foundation courses in January. 

This course includes a 3-week BAES IT Fundamentals course in order to maximise participation in learning using digital tools.

Entry Requirement

It is necessary that learners have good literacy (at least Level 1) and numeracy skills before starting the course. In order to be considered suitable for this course, learners should at least have achieved Level 1 Maths Functional Skills or have equivalent skills.

Initial Assessment

To gain a place on the course, all learners must book an initial assessment by calling BAES info Line on 0121 303 4318 or one of the BAES centres. GCSE initial assessments are generally carried out remotely on Zoom, although people can book a face-to-face assessment.

Learning Strategies

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 on-line subscription to MathsWatch and MyMaths and learners can access videos, quizzes and other activities on our BAES Moodle site.

Progress Monitoring

Learners’ progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first progress check in October, the learner and their teacher will determine whether it is appropriate for the learner to continue with the course. Aspects included in the discussion are attendance, punctuality, ability to cope with the amount of work required and performance on progress checks.


There will be no formal exams, but a portfolio of work that learners have completed during the course will be submitted at the end of the course in December. 


Working Towards GCSE will progress to GCSE Foundation course in January. Learners will take thier GCSE Maths exam in summer 2022.

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job - Route to Work 

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

Support if you have disabilities or learning difficulties

Please let your teacher know if you have learning difficulties as soon as possible. Awarding bodies are required to make pre-examination adjustments for learners with special educational needs based on evidence of need and normal way of working. If you believe you have learning difficulties or disabilities that impairs your learning, you will need to disclose this to your teacher as early as possible in order for us to obtain approval from the exam board in time. As the approval process takes a considerable amount of time, it should be noted that it is not always possible to secure access arrangements for learners on Fast Track or Intensive courses, or if the disclosure document is submitted late.

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