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Mathematics GCSE

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Course Content:

Doing GCSE Mathematics at Alton College you will study:

  • Number
  • Algebra and Graphs
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry & Measures
  • Probability & Statistics


Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are wide ranging, from classroom discussions on how best to mathematically model a situation and experiments to  measure the heights of trees using trigonometry, to practising problem solving questions in pairs.  You’ll be with other adult students who need an improved grade.  You’ll also be expected to spend up to three hours a week on work set by the teacher.
The main aim of the course will be for students to gain a grade 4 (or 5) and thus the focus of the teaching will be at Foundation tier.  This includes topics not previously assessed in Foundation, including and simultaneous and quadratic equations, standard form, trigonometry, area of sectors and tree diagrams.  You may wish to do the Higher tier, to gain up to grade 9, but this will require extra study in your own time, using internet-based learning and other resources.
Past students have found the course very rewarding but sometimes difficult.  Different students enjoy varying parts of the course.  The greatest pleasure comes from gaining in confidence and realising you can do Maths!


100% exams, consisting of 3 exam papers, each 1½ hours long


To Further and Higher Education and help gain employment or training.


Entry Requirements:

No recent experience is required, although it is preferable for you to have achieved a grade D (or 3) in Maths GCSE or equivalent.  If your Maths is very basic or you lack confidence you should consider enrolling for the ‘Improve your Maths’ course first.

Please note: if you have previously achieved under a grade C (4) in GCSE Maths you may be able to get this course free.

Course Costs:

Student Course Materials, including three revision workbooks, IT resources, ruler, protractor, compass, pen, pencil, rubber & notebook: ≈ £12.
You must also have a scientific calculator with natural display, such as the Casio FX-83GT+ or FX-85GT+


If you do not already have a Grade C (or grade 4) or above in GCSE Mathematics you may be able to get your course free. Please contact Adult Education on 01420 592210 for the appropriate forms rather than using Online Enrolment.



Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on college closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found on the general information page 


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