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The Mathematics GCSE course – a brief introduction

The Maths GCSE course gently guides the student through basic mathematical skills, progressing onto more advanced material as the student’s skills and abilities develop. The Maths GCSE course is divided into two parts: the first is for all students; the second is for those who will be taking the Higher tier of the examination.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions.

There are thirteen tutor-marked assignments and  practice exam papers.

The course covers the entire syllabus in 12 modules, with a 13th on the examination.

Content of the Maths GCSE course

The Maths GCSE course covers the following Key Topics as well as many others.  The full list can be found in the Introduction to the Maths GCSE course.

  • Numbers, money and measurement
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Indices and inequalities
  • Graphs


The Maths GCSE Specification

Our Maths GCSE course prepares students for AQA GCSE Mathematics syllabus AQA 8300 for examination in June 2017 onwards.

We have chosen this syllabus as the most suited to the needs of distance learning students.


Assessment is by two written papers. Paper 1 (non-calculator) is worth 40% and Paper 2 (calculator) is worth 60% .

Assessment of the Maths GCSE Course

The Maths GCSE syllabus has two tiers, Foundation and Higher.  The Foundation level allows students to achieve grades between 1 and 5 and the Higher tier allows students to achieve grades 4 and 9.

Unlike many, Oxford Open Learning’s Maths GCSE Course is split into these two tiers.  Once you have completed the work required to enter for the Foundation tier, you can choose whether to go on and study for the Higher tier and achieve a higher grade, all for the same fee!

Examination Structure

Irrespective of which tier you enter for, you will sit three exams of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.  Papers 2 and 3 allow the use if a calculator

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What our students think…

I had to have a Maths GCSE to be accepted on the Teacher Training programme. Oxford Open learning enabled me to study at my own pace with access to a high quality tutor who offered me advice and encouragement along the way. The course was very easy to follow and it made the subjects easy to understand, with opportunities for self assessment as I progressed. I gained a lot of confidence through this and proudly gained a grade B. At 52 it is never too late to learn, thank you Oxford Open learning!

Gill Matthews, Maths GCSE Grade B

Gill Matthews, Oxford Open Learning Maths GCSE Student

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