GCSE Mathematics


Exam Board: AQA

1 year

Course Content:

Doing GCSE Mathematics at Alton College you will study:

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


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

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 tree using trigonometry, to practising problem solving questions in pairs.  You’ll use MyMaths on PCs to practice your skills and Kahoot quizzes on your smart phones to try to beat the rest of the class.
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 simultaneous and quadratic equations, standard form, trigonometry, area of sectors and tree diagrams.
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!

Entry requirements:

Grade 3 or D in GCSE Maths;
Grade C or D in Certificate in Use of Maths;
or a pass in Maths Functional Skills Level 2.

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+.

GCSE Mathematics works well with:

PE & Sport
Health & Social Care
Children’s Play, Learning & Development
Public Services
Vocational Studies