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GCSE Maths
Course Overview

This is a one-year course, which develops mathematical skills and provides a suitable grounding for further study in most subject areas in particular mathematics and science. GCSE maths is required for a wide range of jobs and training courses.

Course Content

There are four areas of study: 

  • Using and Applying Mathematics  
  • Number and Algebra
  • Shape and Space
  • Data Handling 

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of basic mathematics to solving theoretical and practical mathematical problems 
  • Have gained the basic foundation in mathematics required for further study and a wide range of employment 
  • Study independently and co-operatively. 
  • Feel more confident about mathematics 
  • Work with and without a calculator 

You are reminded that this is an academic course and you must allow time for private study and home assignments in addition to lectures. You must attend for a minimum of 90% to complete the course.

Entry Requirements

An interview with a tutor.

Applicants over 19 years - approx GCSE maths grade D standard; 16-18 years - GCSE maths grade D. 

ESOL students must demonstrate appropriate competence in the use of English language. This course is free for learners who do not have GCSE Maths grade A*-C.


Assessment is set by Edexcel (www.edexcel.org.uk). There are two different tiers of entry; Foundation and Higher. Level of entry will be decided in consultation with your lecturer. There are two written papers (in May/June) each worth 50% of the final mark. One of the written papers is done with a calculator, the other one without. There is no coursework component.

What does this course lead to?

GCSE Maths is extremely important for a wide range of vocational courses and employment.

Equipment Required

A textbook - to be advised, a calculator - to be advised, mathematical instruments eg ruler, protractor, and pair of compasses. The estimated cost for books is £15.

How to Apply

Student Services: information@bcot.ac.uk Tel 01256 306484