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Essential Skills (English and Maths)

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GCSE Mathematics is essential for many higher education courses and careers. This one-year course develops an understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. It is aimed at anyone who wishes to improve their maths who does not already have a previous grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent qualification. Results are given on a grade system from 1 to 9 (9 being the highest grade). Students aim to achieve a minimum grade 4 at the end of the course.

The course helps students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts enabling them to better use maths in everyday and real world situations. Students gain confidence in problem solving strategies, logical thinking and handling data, as well as building confidence and skills to solve practical mathematical problems.

The course consists of six topics, covering:

  • 1: Number, including fractions, decimals and percentages
  • 2: Algebra, including drawing and reading graphs
  • 3: Ratio and proportion
  • 4: Geometry and measures, including shapes and angles
  • 5: Probability
  • 6: Statistics, including reading charts and graphs

Entry Requirements

Functional Skills Maths Level 2. GCSE grade 3 (D) or equivalent. All applicants are required to undertake an interview and diagnostic assessment prior to acceptance on the course.


Learners should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Learners should also be confident in reading and interpreting data and approaching mathematical problems.


AQA GCSE in Mathematics (Foundation)


Practice exams and regular progress checks are carried out during the course. The final assessment for the course will be three exams, sat at the end of the course. Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes, and counts for one third of the final grade. Results will be given on a grade system from 1 to 9 (9 being the highest). Our aim is for all learners to achieve a minimum grade 4 at the end of the course.

Home Study

Two to three hours per week.

Work Placement

This course does not require learners to participate in work experience.


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Fees and Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Additional Information

GCMATH 202101 Thursday 14/09/2020 06/07/2021 18:00 - 21:00 £.00
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