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Pearson Edexcel GCSE Maths

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Course content

The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (9-1) qualification requires students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
    •  Number
    • Algebra
    • Ratio and proportion and rates of change
    • Geometry and measures
    • Statistics
    • Probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for learners who:

  • Have achieved a Level 2 functional skills qualification and passed an initial assessment
  • School leavers who have already achieved a grade D / 3
  • Require Maths GCSE for employment or progression to higher education

Assessment method

At the end of the course there will be three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper. Each paper will last 1 hour thirty minutes. Each paper has 80 marks and will have a range of structured and unstructed questions.

At Foundation tier the highest grade is grade 9 with a grade 4 being a pass.

The exams are sat at the end of May and early June and the results are published on the last Thursday in August.

Entry requirements

To start on this course you need to have Level 2 functional skills and show at Initial Assessment that this is a suitable level for your current skills. You will be asked to complete a diagnostic assessment to confirm that this is the correct level.

Future opportunities / career options

This course prepares you for progression to:

  • A-level courses
  • Level 3 vocational courses

When is the course run?

Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 12 noon and Thursday 1pm – 4pm