1Course Overview

GCSE Foundation Mathematics

Course code: OSC1185

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Pursue your studies in Mathematics, from home!

This new GCSE Foundation Mathematics specification is the same AQA Maths GCSE studied in traditional schools and colleges.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in Mathematics, this GCSE course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study mathematics at A-Level
  • Those wanting to boost their knowledge in a range of mathematic topics including fractions, algebra, Probability and more
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving Mathematics, as an accountant, data analyst or financial manager

The GCSE Mathematics course enables you to:

  • Develop your understanding of fractions and decimals
  • Understand notation, expressions and formulae
  • Explore everything you need to know about Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in Mathematics s at A-Level and BTEC Level

Please note: This GCSE course is written for the foundation paper, which means the highest level you can achieve is a 5.

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2Course Content

AQA specification 8300

Section 1
1 Structure and Calculations:
  • Positive and Negative Numbers
  • Ordering
  • Adding and Subtracting
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Order of Operations
  • Place Value
  • Powers and Roots
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Divisibility Tests
  • Prime Numbers
  • Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple
Fractions and Decimals:
  • Decimals
  • Ordering Decimals
  • Adding and Subtracting
  • Multiplying and Dividing
  • Standard Form
  • Multiplying and Dividing
  • Adding and Subtracting
  • Fractions
  • Simplifying Fractions
  • Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Ordering Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Fraction of a Number
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Converting Between Fractions and Decimals
  • Converting Between Fractions and Percentages
  • Converting Between Percentages and Decimals
Measures and Accuracy:
  • Exact Calculations
  • Indices
  • Using Pi in Calculations
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Rounding Integers
  • Rounding to Decimal Places
  • Rounding to Significant Figures
  • Estimation
  • Using a Calculator
  • Measures
  • Standard Units
  • Compound Units
  • Error Intervals
Section 2 Algebra
Notation, Expressions and Formulae
  • Notation and Expressions
  • Terminology
  • Notation
  • Simplifying Expressions – Collecting Like Terms
  • Expanding and Factorising 1
  • Expanding Single Brackets
  • Factorising Single Brackets
  • Substitution
  • Formulae
  • Identities
  • Rearranging
  • Functions
  • Rearranging Equations
  • Expanding and Factorising 2
  • Expanding Double Brackets
  • Factorising Double Brackets
  • Difference of Two Squares
  • Straight Line Graphs
  • Plotting Straight Line Graphs
  • Equation of a Straight Line 1
  • Parallel Lines
  • Equation of a Straight Line 2
  • Quadratic Graphs
  • Plotting Quadratic Graphs
  • Properties of Quadratic Graphs
  • Sketching Functions
  • Cubic Graphs
  • Reciprocal Graphs
  • Real Life Graphs
  • Distance-Time Graphs
  • Straight Line Graphs – Real Life Problems
  • Real Life Graphs 
Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Linear Equations with Unknowns on One Side
  • Linear Equations with Unknowns on Both Sides
  • Solving Quadratic Equations
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations Graphically
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations Algebraically – Elimination
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations Algebraically – Substitution
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Sequence Rules
  • Term to Term Rules
  • Position to Term Rules
  • Finding the nth term
  • Special Sequences
Section 3: Geometry
Properties and Construction
  • Measuring
  • Scales
  • Angles and Bearings
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Rectangle
  • Triangle
  • Parallelogram
  • Trapezium
  • Compound Shapes
  • Angle Rules
  • Types of Angles
  • Angles and Lines
  • Angles in a Triangle and Quadrilateral
  • Angles in Polygons
  • Loci and Construction
  • Perpendicular Bisector
  • Angle Bisector
  • Loci
  • Circles
  • Terminology
  • Area and Circumference
  • Arcs and Sectors
  • 3D Shapes
  • Plans, Elevations and Nets
  • Volume and Surface Area


  • Transformations
  • Translations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Enlargements
  • Combinations
  • Rotational Symmetry
  • Vectors
Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Missing sides
  • Missing angles
  • Ratios
Section 4: Proportion and Statistics
Ratio, Proportion and Change
  • Ratio
  • Percentages
  • Finding a percentage of a number
  • Simple Interest
  • Percentage Change
  • Original value
  • Proportion
  • Direct Proportion
  • Inverse Proportion
  • Growth and Decay
  • Congruence and Similarity
  • Congruence
  • Similarity
  • Probability Experiments
  • Probability Scales and Notation
  • Expected Outcomes
  • Mutually Exclusive Events
  • Sets
  • Notation
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Tree Diagrams
  • Collecting Data
  • Sampling
  • Frequency Tables
  • Statistical Diagrams
  • Pictograms
  • Bar Charts
  • Pie Charts
  • Histograms
  • Scatter Graphs and Correlation
  • Averages
  • Mean
  • Mode
  • Median
  • Range
  • Grouped Data
3Other Information

To achieve a GCSE in Mathematics you will be assessed across the 4 sections. Both components will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper 1 – Non-Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Paper 2 - Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Paper 3 – Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hours
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress. 
    • If you choose to study this course you will need to take the foundation level examinations, which means the highest grade available is Level 5.
Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete the full GCSE Mathematics course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE Mathematics by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! 

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an GCSE in Mathematics.

The GCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world. It is awarded by AQA.

It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Please note: If you choose to study this course you will need to take the foundation level examinations which means the highest grade available is a C grade.


Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from school or college?

Yes!  This course is the same as a GCSE you would study at a traditional school or college. The only difference is that this course is designed to be studied from home and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
  • * Not included with the online study option
Is there a required reading list?

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for these yourself. You can find out more about where to sit your examinations by visiting the AQA website.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to book and pay for your exams and fees at the examination centre that you choose.
Alternatively, see our GCSE Foundation Maths including Exams, where we will book all your exams for you! Stress and hassle free.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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