GCSE Foundation Mathematics

Course codes: OSC1185 / OSC1317
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Pursue your studies in Mathematics, from home. This course provides you with the course materials and includes the examination fees needed to successfully gain your GCSE Foundation Mathematics qualification.

  • 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 at A Level and BTEC Level
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

This GCSE Foundation Mathematics 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 those aspiring to achieve a career involving Mathematics, as an accountant, data analyst or financial manager.

Choose to add on your exams and we will book these for you!

Please note: This GCSE course is written for the foundation paper, which means the highest level you can achieve is a 5. This course can be completed without taking the exams, but you will not receive the full qualification.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in Mathematics (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

3 paper-based exams.

Course Content

AQA specification 8300

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Transformations
  • Translations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Enlargements
  • Combinations
  • Rotational Symmetry
  • Vectors
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Missing sides
  • Missing angles
  • Ratios
  • 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
Extra Info

Assessment

To achieve a GCSE in Mathematics you will be assessed across the 4 sections. Both components will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations.


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.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will up to a year 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 your only deadlines are the GCSE examinations, which take place at certain times throughout the year.

If you choose to add on the exams, the examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in either Birmingham or Macclesfield; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready.

Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available.

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 your exams, you will receive a GCSE in Mathematics.

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

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. You can take this course without completing exams, but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

Exam details

Paper 1 - Non-Calculator

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighing: 33% 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 30 minutes

Weighing: 33% 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 hour 30 minutes

Weighing: 33% 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

Q&As

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.

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

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and Highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

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

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. If you add these on, we will book these for you. Please note that these exams will need to be sat at either the Birmingham or Macclesfield examination centre.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these yourself.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK.

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.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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