GCSE Mathematics

It's not just numeracy skills and the confidence to use them, but also the mathematical thinking skills that you develop.

Course Information (AQA 8300)

Duration: 30 Weeks

Type: Part Time

Cost: £950 including exam

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, a good basic level of numeracy is expected.

Course Content

This course has been designed to stimulate, inspire and motivate you to reach your full potential. We provide appropriate exercises to suit your ability level and help you stretch and challenge yourself. You will develop your mathematical skills and engage in lively classes that cover the following topics: 

• Number

• Algebra

• Ration, proportion and rates of change

• Geometry and measures 

• Probability 

• Statistics

You will develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, and acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems. This will allow you to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions - all whilst developing the skills to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information, in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

You will attend a two hour class each week where you will work alone or collaboratively with your fellow students, and in which you will engage in stimulating discussions and classroom-based exercises to support your development and learning. You will also be required to complete work at home independently.

Students should be aware that mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and that these models may be more or less effective depending on how the situation has been simplified and the assumptions that have been made. Students should also be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.

Method of Assessment


You will either be assessed to sit the foundation or higher paper for this GCSE.
The method of assessment will depend on your level of ability, combined with discussions with your teacher. 

The exams will assess the following AOs in the context of the content set out in the Subject content

AO1: Use and apply standard techniques Students should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions

AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically students should be able to:

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • interpret and communicate information accurately
  • present arguments and proofs
  • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information

AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts students should be able to:

  • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of
  • mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.

Please note: one year courses are intensive and require independent study and research.

What Can I Do Next?

This vital GCSE is your gateway to a successful tomorrow. Attaining this qualification will allow you to progress onto further AS/A Level maths courses, apprenticeships, colleges, universities and provide you with better job and promotion prospects.  

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