Maths GCSE

Studying GCSE maths will give you the critical skills to power your future.

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Overview

GCSE Maths will arm you with the right skills to reach your desired profession, or to transition to college and university. You'll take away an abundance of skills in problem solving and logical thinking, spatial awareness, and analytical communication – to name but a few!

This GCSE Maths course provides the foundation to a range of career options; providing you with skills for a future in accountancy, teaching, medicine, business, and much more.  

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Numbers

Firstly, this unit takes into account all manner of integer-based mathematics from basic mathematical operations to the use of standard units of mass, length, time and other measures. This unit is based on the fundamentals of mathematics providing you with a foundation for the following modules.

Unit 2 - Algebra

Letters for numbers may seem like a complex concept, but this unit will help you to master everything from basic algebraic notation to solving quadratic equations in need of rearrangement. By the end of the algebra unit, you’ll have a good handle on topics such as quadratics and exponential functions.

Unit 3 - Ratios and Proportions and Rates of Change

You’ll learn in this unit the relationship between ratios and fractions and how they can be used to solve problems. You’ll recognise direct and inverse proportions, and be able to combine the use of algebra in proportion questions. You’ll also be able to solve financial mathematical problems involving interest, growth and decay.

Unit 4 - Geometry and Measures

More than just the study of shapes, in this section you will explore how to draw accurate diagrams to solve problems, learn how to multiply, add and subtract vectors, you’ll understand trigonometry and much more. You will also develop an understanding of the concepts of area and volume, and be able to calculate angles on 2D shapes. By the end of this unit, angles will be a piece of cake.

Unit 5 - Probability

In this section, you shall develop a deep and clear understanding of probabilities. Not just understanding the concept of odds, you will explore various graphical representations of probability such as tree and Venn diagrams.

Unit 6 - Statistics

Finally, you’ll delve into averages and frequency tables, learning how to plot a frequency polygon from given data, and use the data handling cycle too. In addition, you’ll cover data presentation with learning how to plot and read graphs, charts and diagrams. Also, you’ll be able to determine the correlation of scatter diagrams and use the line of best fit. This combination of units will provide you with knowledge to take with you in all walks of life.

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AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in Mathematics (8300), issued by AQA. You'll also be able to continue onto the AQA Maths A-level.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2023.

Our Maths GCSE is a tiered exam. This means you get to choose what level you want to study for your exams.

There are two tiers to choose from:

  • Foundation tier
    • Grades 1 to 5
    • Grade 5 is the highest award you can achieve
    • Grade five is the equivalent of grade C
  • Higher tier
    • Grades 3 to 9
    • Grade 9 is the highest award you can achieve
    • Grade 9 is the equivalent of a grade A*

You'll be required to complete the three Maths GCSE standard written exams.

  • Paper 1 (non-calculator):1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE, 80 marks
  • Paper 2 (calculator): 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE, 80 marks.
  • Paper 3 (calculator): 1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE, 80 marks.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

During your Mathematics GCSE course, you will also be required to complete one introductory assignment and 10 assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this level 2 GCSE Maths course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write in English.

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Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

How do I choose what GCSEs to take?

Selecting GCSEs is a highly personal decision that will be influenced by factors such as your educational and career goals, your skills and strengths, and the subjects you enjoy (or don’t enjoy). To help you decide on the right GCSEs for you and your future, we’ve written a detailed guide on choosing GCSE subjects.

Can GCSEs help you get a place at university?

Gaining GCSEs is the first step toward sitting a uni degree. You’ll need GCSE courses or IGCSE courses to progress to A-level courses, which remain the most prevalent means of accessing higher education.

At Oxbridge, we offer both GCSE and IGCSE courses, which are qualifications of equal merit with the added benefit of being internationally recognised. Both GCSEs and IGCSEs can be studied by adults online.

How long does it take to gain a GCSE as an adult?

GCSEs are typically studied across a period of 2 years however, our fast-track GCSE option enables you to complete and qualify for your chosen GCSEs within a year.

Do Universities prefer IGCSEs or GCSEs?

Universities prefer neither iGCSEs or GCSEs. Universities recognise both iGCSEs and GCSEs and treat them equally.

Why study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses with Oxbridge?

When you enrol on a course with us, you’re really enrolling into a partnership. We set up our online learning platform to help people achieve the grades and qualifications they need to realise their aspirations. We do everything we can to help make our students’ dreams come true.

Our learning platform is award-winning, and our course content is written by Oxbridge subject experts and delivered by tutors who are just as passionate about their teaching as they are in helping you succeed.

On average, by studying Oxbridge online GCSE courses, we find that our students get grades that are 20% higher and pass around 30% quicker than students in traditional colleges. We’d love to help you do the same!

If you aren’t sure which course is right for you, speak to one of our learning advisers, they’d be more than happy to help you find the right path.

Why Study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses online?

GCSEs remain a basic requirement for further education and some workplaces, so adding them or an IGCSE equivalent to your CV can be essential for personal success.

Studying these GCSE qualifications online has opened up a world of possibilities for people who haven’t been able to learn around their jobs or family commitments before.

If traditional education has held you back long enough, take the reins and build a future you’re proud of.

Is IGCSE harder than GCSE?

International General Certificate of Secondary Education courses (ICGSEs) cover some of the same subjects as GCSE’s such as Geography, English Language and the sciences, but they are recognised internationally. The level of difficulty is equal to a GCSE course, and universities view both qualifications as equal.

Can Adults take GCSE Courses?

It’s never too late to gain a GCSE qualification. Oxbridge teach thousands of adult GCSE courses every year. So, whether there’s a specific career you’ve always been interested in but couldn’t pursue because you didn’t have the right qualifications, or you want to take up a college or university course, an online General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) course can help get you there. The same can be said for our adult A-level courses too.

What does GCSE stand for?

GCSE stands for: General Certificate of Secondary Education and IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Whatever your aspirations and goals for the future, you’ll most likely need GCSEs to get there. Introduced in 1988, the General Certificate of Secondary Education remains the UK’s primary recognised certificate of foundation-level education and is viewed by employers, colleges and universities as the minimum expected standard for prospective candidates.

Why study AQA GCSE Mathematics online?

This distance learning course follows the AQA GCSE Maths syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online, in your own time, at your own pace. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam.

What will you learn on this GCSE Maths course?

From algebra and probability to integer-based mathematics and plotting and reading graphs, this Maths GCSE course will cover all the basics of mathematics to give you a broad spectrum of knowledge that can be applied to your daily life (both home and work).

How much do exams cost?

Exam fees vary depending on where you sit them. Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? Learn more about our exam process for these course categories.

Students can contact our partnership centre to find out more – you can find their details on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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