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Mathematics GCSE

This compulsory course is suitable for those students who have previously gained grade 2 or 3 in GCSE Mathematics and who would like to achieve a grade 4 or 5. Please note that anyone who has achieved a grade 2 or 3 in GCSE Mathematics is automatically enrolled onto this course. Students will have the opportunity of taking the GCSE Foundation Exam in November and if required, the following summer.


  • Course Outline
    • Starting in September students will study for 5 periods per week during an intensive 8 week course up to the first re-sit opportunity in early November. During this period a lot of content is covered and students will be expected to start revising within the first couple of weeks. After the November exams students will start a more extensive course, again for 5 periods per week, that will then run through to May.

      Once exam results are available in early January those students who have achieved a grade 4 or 5 will be allowed to leave the course, while those students who do not achieve this grade continue and take a further re-sit in June. All content covered during the year will be similar to that students have studied in previous years at Secondary School, but a particular focus is placed on making minimal mistakes and picking up understanding of topics that students have found difficult in the past.

      Topics covered are divided up into four sections:

      • Algebra
      • Shape, Space and Measure
      • Number
      • Data Handling
  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Mathematics is a core subject and as such is necessary for any student considering applying for an academic course at university. Maths is valued by employers with skills in numeracy and problem solving being highly sought after.

Entry Requirements 2024

You can view provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2024 from the link below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

Subject Entry Requirements

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