GCSE In Mathematics (Foundation Tier)


  • 16-18, Adults
  • A1976-24
  • 2 September 2024 - 32 weeks
  • Willesden Campus
  • Standard: £362


This course is for you if you need GCSE Mathematics to enhance your job prospects, improve your access to further studies, or simply for your personal satisfaction.

The main six topics in GCSE Mathematics 9-1 are::

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability

How is the course taught?

You will commit to attend in-person weekly mathematics lessons where lecturers will instruct you using a range of activities and online resources.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

An EdExcel Pearson GCSE Mathematics certificate graded from 1 to 5.

All grades will generate a certificate; Grade 4 is considered a “PASS”, and Grade 5 is considered a “GOOD PASS”. Most learners will aim for grade 4.

This course is a one-year Foundation GCSE Mathematics course. If you are interested and able to attain a grade higher than 5, you should speak to your class teacher at the start of the year. Your teacher will assess your skills and your commitment to study and advise you accordingly.

What support is available?

Our qualified tutors will support and guide you in the classrooms and through tutorials as they help you to develop the skills and knowledge to pass the exams.

Drop-in maths workshops will be advertised later in the year for all students studying mathematics to get help with their maths study.

What facilities and resources are available?

A range of GCSE Mathematics books and resources are available in the LRC (Library). All GCSE Maths students have individual access to an online learning programme called MathsWatch which provides lots of exam resources and learning activities.

A range of snacks, hot and cold foods are available to purchase in the canteen and café facilities, as well as vending machines. Halal meat and washing facilities are available at both centres. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect.

  • Is there additional work required by the student?

    Learners are expected to commit to a minimum of 2 hours of private study per week throughout the course.

    Your teacher will assess your progress in regular in-class tests and give you guidance for further study.

    Your final grade will be assessed in three end of year examinations which account for 100% of your marks. You must attend all three exams which are held on national dates.

    • Paper 1 – 33% of grade Non Calculator (end of May)
    • Paper 2 – 33% of grade Calculator (start of June)
    • Paper 3 – 33% of grade Calculator (mid-June)
  • What are the Entry Requirements?

    You need to have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 3 or Functional Skills Mathematics Level 1 (or overseas equivalent).

    If you have no previous UK mathematics qualifications, or if it has been a while since you studied mathematics, you will be asked to complete a short mathematics test at enrolment. Our mathematics teachers will then advise and enrol you to an appropriate course.

    All of our mathematics courses are taught in English. Applicants need a functional level of spoken and written English (i.e. ESOL or Functional Skills English Entry Level 2) before enrolling to any of our maths courses. Learners with functional literacy of Entry Level 1 or lower should enrol and pass ESOL Entry Level 2 before enrolling for a maths course.