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Maths Subjects

Maths and English remain the cornerstones of our education system and both are critical to our chances of prospering as individuals and as a society.

Some of us are born with an obvious gift for Maths but others take longer to discover their latent talent. Our Maths distance learning courses will help you discover your innate skills and foster your mathematical understanding.

Maths and Careers

Which careers require good mathematical skills? It would be easier to list the careers which don’t. Mathematical techniques are essential in such diverse occupations as architecture, software development, medicine, engineering, business management, actuarial work, agriculture and accounting, to name but a small selection. Anyone who has failed to develop their mathematical skills to their full potential risks being sidelined in their chosen career.

Maths and personalised learning

One of the keys to teaching maths successfully is to understand that every student is different. One learner may grasp a topic or a skill at the first time of asking but struggle with another aspect, while a second student may be the exact opposite. Thus it helps to have the sort of personalised support that our Maths distance learning courses and one-to-one tuition can bring. It is important to understand the obstacles that impede each individual’s progress and find the right personalised way of overcoming those difficulties and reaching the sunny uplands beyond. Our tutors are trained to deliver the necessary level of individualised support to each of our unique students.

Maths and teacher training

If you wish to embark on teacher training (in any subject) in the UK, you must have achieved at least a grade C in Mathematics GCSE, IGCSE or equivalent examinations. Other higher education programmes and some employers also require a grade C, so it has become the gold standard within the world of work in the UK. So it is vital that you equip yourself with a grade C, at the very least. For students in this position, our tutors are skilled in diagnosing exactly which areas they need to improve and what study they must do in order to gain this necessary minimum requirement. We have an extremely strong track record over the last 18 years in helping our learners gain a grade C or better

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GCSE Maths

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.


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International GCSE Maths

The Maths IGCSE course gently guides the student through basic mathematical skills, progressing on to more advanced material as the student’s skills and abilities develop. Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.


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A level Maths

There have been many changes in Mathematics over the years, at ‘O’ level, then GCSE and IGCSE, and at ‘A’ level. In the 1960s “Modern Mathematics” was introduced and the new specifications involving this threw out much of the old traditional work. This was fine for the very able students, but those who found Mathematics less easy had many problems, since these modern specifications contained topics which were difficult to relate to practical ideas.


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A level Maths and Mechanics

The Mechanics A level course includes two major components – AS level and A2 level. The AS level is a qualification in its own right and may be studied for on a one-year distance learning course. The course has 4 modules of pure mathematics and 2 of Mechanics.


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A level Maths and Statistics

This course prepares candidates for the AQA Mathematics AS level syllabus 5361, for examination in 2015 and later years. Most candidates will then study the A2 syllabus 6361. The full Advanced level qualification comprises AS and A2.


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