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GCSE Maths

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Course content

The GCSE course will be assessed through 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 unstructured questions.

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

Assessment is in the form of an exam at the end of the course.


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?

  • 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

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.


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