GCSE Mathematics in a key requirement for many job roles as it demonstrates an understanding of numbers and an ability to work with them. And yet many people find numbers intimidating. With this in mind, this home study course has been designed to guide you through the subject in logical, easy-to- follow steps, building on your understanding as your confidence grows. 

The GCSE places great emphasis on "doing mathematics" and relating this wherever possible, to everyday life. Certain techniques and formulae need to be learnt, but the emphasis on "doing" means that you should work carefully through all the examples and exercises in order to be able to solve problems effectively.

Mathematics is essentially a holistic subject and, as such, should be taught in this way with connections being made between the sections on Number and algebra, Shape, space and measures and Handling data as demanded in the National Curriculum. For example, Number underpins the whole of mathematics.

The Maths GCSE distance learning course gently guides the student through basic mathematical skills, progressing onto more advanced material as the student's skills and abilities develop. A reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are thirteen tutor-marked assignments and a practice exam paper.

The Syllabus:

Our Maths GCSE course prepares students for AQA GCSE Mathematics syllabus 4365 for exams in May/June 2015 and later years. The course covers an intermediate and higher tier level. The course covers the intermediate level with an optional unit included to also cover the additional higher tier so you have a choice of which tier to complete.

We have chosen this syllabus as the most suited to distance learning. Assessment is by two examination papers.

  • Paper 1 is 40% of the total marks. The paper is a Written Paper (Non-calculator). The exam is 1 Hour, 15 Minutes for the Intermediate Tier & 1 Hour 30 Minutes for the Higher Tier.

  • Paper 2 is 60% of the total marks. The paper is a Written Paper (With calculator). The exam is 1 Hour, 45 Minutes for the Foundations Tier & 2 Hours for the Higher Tier. 

Click Here to view detailed syllabus information on the AQA Website


No Coursework is required.

Special requirements:

A reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

Additional Reading:

The course is fully self-contained and is designed to prepare you for the examination without the use of a textbook. However, you are strongly advised to supplement your studies by reference to one of the many specially written GCSE textbooks.

Technical Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they need to keep in regular contact. The essential relationship between student and tutor begins with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan.

All tutors are fully qualified teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. So when you enrol on a course you can be assured of the assistance of a professionally qualified subject specific tutor.

We don't set a limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student consolidate the learning he or she has done and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a local rate telephone number such as a 0845 number. This means that when you phone your tutor it will only cost you the price of a local call. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

There are currently over 300 testing centres across the country, so finding one close by is not very difficult. In December/January we contact you to start arranging your examination dates. We always try to give whatever help we can with examination information, but the entering of students for examinations and any dealings with the examination centres are entirely the responsibility of the student.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the GCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

GCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres from the AQA Private Candidate Page.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study GCSE Courses from anywhere in the world. However some home study courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study a GCSE then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most GCSE's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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