1Course Overview

GCSE Higher Mathematics inc Exams

Course code: OSC1318

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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 Higher Mathematics qualification.

This new GCSE Higher Mathematics specification is 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 numbers, geometry, statistics 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 ratios and averages
  • Understand how to work out equations with fractions and decimals
  • Explore everything you need to know about Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in Mathematicss at A-Level and BTEC Level

Please note: This GCSE course is written for those wishing to sit the higher papers.

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2Course Content

Specification: AQA 8300

Section One: Number
  • 1 Structure and Calculations
  • 1.1 Positive and Negative Numbers
  • 1.2 Place Value
  • 1.3 Powers and Roots
  • 1.4 Factors and Multiples
  • 2 Fractions and Decimals
  • 2.1 Decimals
  • 2.2 Standard Form
  • 2.3 Fractions
  • 2.4 Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • 3 Measures and Accuracy
  • 3.1 Exact Calculations
  • 3.2 Rounding and Estimation
  • 3.3 Using a Calculator
  • 3.4 Measures
  • 3.5 Error Intervals
Section Two: Algebra
  • 4 Notation, Expressions and Formulae
  • 4.1 Notation and Expressions
  • 4.2 Expanding and Factorising 1
  • 4.3 Substitution
  • 4.4 Rearranging
  • 4.5 Expanding and Factorising 2
  • 4.6 Functions
  • 5 Graphs
  • 5.1 Straight Line Graphs
  • 5.2 Quadratic Graphs
  • 5.3 Sketching Functions
  • 5.4 Real Life Graphs
  • 5.5 Areas Under Graphs
  • 6 Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • 6.1 Solving Linear Equations
  • 6.2 Solving Quadratic Equations
  • 6.3 Solving Simultaneous Equations
  • 6.4 Solving Inequalities
  • 6.5 Iteration
  • 7 Sequences
  • 7.1 Linear Sequences
  • 7.2 Special Sequences
  • 7.3 Quadratic Sequences
Section Three: Geometry
  • 8 Properties and Construction
  • 8.1 Measuring
  • 8.2 Area and Perimeter
  • 8.3 Angle Rules
  • 8.4 Loci and Construction
  • 8.5 Circles
  • 8.6 3D Shapes
  • 9 Transformations
  • 9.1 Transformations
  • 9.2 Vectors
  • 10 Triangles
  • 10.1 Pythagoras Theorem
  • 10.2 Trigonometry
  • 10.3 Further Trigonometry
Section Four: Proportion and Statistics
  • 11 Ratio, Proportion and Change
  • 11.1 Ratio
  • 11.2 Percentages
  • 11.3 Proportion
  • 11.4 Congruence and Similarity
  • 12 Probability
  • 12.1 Probability Experiments
  • 12.2 Sets
  • 12.3 Tree Diagrams
  • 12.4 Conditional Probability
  • 13 Statistics
  • 13.1 Collecting Data
  • 13.2 Statistical Diagrams 1
  • 13.3 Averages
  • 13.4 Statistical Diagrams 2
3Other Information

To achieve a GCSE in Mathematics you will be assessed across the four sections 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 higher level examinations.

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 your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which you will be able to take in May/June 2019 at the earliest.

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 email, 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 Outcomes

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.


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?

Yes, you will need to take the standard GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. The first available examination date for this syllabus is in May/June 2019.

Please note: you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham or Macclesfield examination centre.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK at either the Birmingham or Macclesfield centre, 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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