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GCSE Foundation Mathematics

OSC1185 / OSC1317

Start working towards achieving your GCSE Maths Foundation qualification from home today! This course provides you with the learning materials you need to achieve a recognised qualification, with the option to include your exams for hassle-free home learning.

Course duration

Up to 12 months.

Course outcome

On successful completion of your exams, you will receive your GCSE Mathematics qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Three paper-based exams.

Course Options

Study Options

 
£499.00
or £15.31 /month*
Course code: OSC1185
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Course overview

  • Achieve a nationally recognised AQA qualification in GCSE Maths Foundation Tier from home.
  • Explore a diverse range of up-to-date mathematical theory, including Pythagoras theorem and trigonometry, and develop your knowledge and skills.
  • Prepare for your future studies at a higher level, including A Level Maths.
  • Study from the comfort of your own home, while still achieving an essential GCSE qualification that will help you go further.

This GCSE Maths Foundation Tier course is the same AQA Maths GCSE studied in a traditional school.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in Mathematics, this online GCSE course is ideal for students who are planning to study mathematics at A Level. Students will boost their knowledge in a range of mathematical topics including statistics, trigonometry, and formulae. This GCSE Maths Foundation course is also ideal for those aspiring to achieve a career in which maths plays an essential role such as accountants, engineers, data analysts, or financial managers.

And with many employers now requiring a minimum qualification in GCSE Maths, this course is essential for anyone who currently doesn’t hold a level 2 maths qualification who wants to go further in their career.

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, we will book these for you, saving you the hassle of booking them yourself and giving you more time to dedicate to your studies.

Please note: This GCSE course is written for the foundation tier paper, which means the highest level you can achieve is a grade 5. This course can be completed without taking the exams, but you will not receive the full qualification if you do not complete your 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.
  • Fractions.
  • Simplifying fractions.
  • Improper fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Ordering Fractions.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Exam details

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 33.3% 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.

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 33.3% 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.

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 33.3% 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.

Extra information

To achieve your GCSE Maths qualification you will be assessed across the four sections. Each of the components will be assessed across three paper-based examinations.

While you will be formally assessed by completing your exams, you will also need to complete and submit tutor-marked assignments to allow your tutor to monitor your progress.

If you choose to study this course you will take the foundation level exams, which means the highest grade you will achieve with this GCSE Maths Foundation Tier course is a grade 5.

If you add the exams to your enrolment, the examination centres available for you to complete your exams at are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford
  • Belfast

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, we will book these for you.

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

You will have up to one year to complete your GCSE Maths course from the date you receive your materials. With this course, you will have the flexibility to study at your own pace, and your only deadlines are the GCSE exams, which typically take place during the summer exam period (May/June).

This course enables you to study your GCSE Maths Foundation course from home via distance learning. Your course materials will be sent by post or you can study 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!

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will receive your GCSE Maths qualification.

The GCSE is awarded by AQA and it is recognised by universities, schools, and employers globally.

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 grade 5. You can take this course without completing the exams, but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

FAQs

Yes! This GCSE course is the same as the GCSEs you would study at a traditional school. 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 learner services.
  • Assignment marking and feedback.
  • FREE XO Student Discounts membership.
  • FREE CV critique service.
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers.
  • Study pack including a pen, highlighter, and notebook*

* 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 Maths Foundation exams to achieve the full qualification. If you add your exams on, we will book these for you.

Please note: if you choose to add on your exams you will need to sit them at either the Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Bolton, Wimbledon, Taunton, or St Neots (Cambridgeshire) 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 Maths 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 learner services 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 Learner Services 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 team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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