GCSE Mathematics

The GCSE Mathematics course offered at East Riding College is the AQA GCSE Mathematics - Specification 8300. 

Learners enrolling on the course should be aware that the pace of the course is necessarily fast and demands learners spending additional time at home recapping areas studied and completing weekly homework.  In the weeks approaching the exams learners will be expected to complete past papers for marking.  It is expected that learners will complete all homework set and attend EVERY session - if these obligations are not met learners may lose their place on the course.


What will I study?

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

There will be 3 hours of teaching each week and it is very important that you do not miss these if you are to make effective progress and be successful. There will be homework to complete each week which must be completed and handed in at the following session

How will I be assessed?

You will sit 3 Maths exams at the end of May/early June (Dates to be released soon)

  • Paper 1 - Non-calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - covering any part of the specification.
  • Paper 2 - Calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - covering any part of the specification.
  • Paper 3 - Calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - covering any part of the specification.

There are two levels (tiers) of entry - Foundation (grade 1 to 5) and Higher (grade 3 to 9), learners will be entered for either tier dependent on ability determined through mock examinations.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; however the results of an initial assessment will be taken into consideration at entry to the course.

Students who are under 19 using the course as a re-sit for their GCSE Mathematics will need to discuss the requirements of the course with one of the Maths tutors before enrolling.

Learning support can also be offered where it is considered necessary.  Extra classes may be offered at times close to the unit exams.

For more information about the initial assessment contact us

What next?

With a grade 7-9 at GCSE Mathematics and a satisfactory initial assessment, there is the possibility to study A-level Mathematics.

Additional information

All students must have a fairly new scientific calculator (ideally a Casio Fx-83GT-Plus, approx £7) and the standard mathematical instruments - 30 cm ruler, compass, protractor, pencil(s) & paper.  It is not expected that students necessarily buy a textbook as the course is not taught from a specific book, but we do recommend learners purchasing a CD-ROM containing Mathematics video clips with worksheets & answers.  Cost £4.50

This course is free for learners who don’t already hold a GCSE grade 4(C) or higher in Maths

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

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