GCSE Maths


The GCSE Maths course runs from September to early June. We offer GCSE Maths at either St Albans or Welwyn Garden City. We offer classes in the morning or in the evening. You can choose which campus and which time is best for you. The course covers topic areas of: Number - Fractions, Percentages, Ratio, etc Algebra - Equations, Graphs, Sequences, Formulae Shape - Angles, Area and Perimeter, Circles, Pythagoras, Trigonometry Data Handling - Averages, Charts, Probability


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  • Duration:

    30 weeks

  • Venue:

    Welwyn Garden City Campus

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  • Awarding body:

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

We will give you an online assessment and interview to help decide which course is right for you. If you’re not at GCSE level yet you can study Functional Skills, which are nationally recognised qualifications and can be a stepping stone to GCSEs.

This is an intensive, high speed course. It covers all the topics for the GCSE in just ONE year. It is therefore necessary that you already know some basic mathematics before you join the course. You will be invited to an interview which is in two parts. First you will need to do an initital assessment test. After this we will discuss with you what options are best for you. Some people choose to do a pre-GCSE course, but if you do well on the test then you can start immediately on the one year course. Please prepare for the assessment test. The BBC Skillswise web site is very helpful. Please note that you are not allowed to use a calculator during the test. For GCSE Maths you will come to college once a week for an intensive 2.5 hour lesson. In addition you will need to spend approximately 5 hours per week reviewing what we have done in class and doing your homework.

The new GCSE Maths syllabus has a focus on problem solving and mathematical thinking. You will learn particular mathematical techniques. However, the greater emphasis in the examinations is on applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems. Some questions will be set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world. Students might be asked to answer questions on, for instance, decorating a room or designing a garden, or perhaps paying bills or sorting out rotas for shop staff. GCSE Maths is a key qualification required for many degree programmes and employment.

The GCSE will be entirely assessed by written examinations, which means no coursework will be expected from students. There are three exams in the early summer, typically late May and early June. Each exam lasts 90 minutes. For the first exam you will not be allowed to use a calculator. You will need a good quality calculator for the second and third exams. For example a Casio fx-83, or Casio fx-85, or similar. During the course we will set tests to give you an idea of how you are progressing and which topics you need to focus on. These tests do not count towards your final grade. You final grade is dependent solely on the three exams.

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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation (this does not apply to HE courses). Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.