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Mathematics GCSE

AQA GCSE in Mathematics.

Studied online and assessed completely through examination.

Mathematical equation

Course content

The course prepares you for AQA GCSE (9-1) Mathematics (8300) specification.

This GCSE is assessed through three written papers and these will be held every Summer from 2017. Resit opportunities will be available from November 2017. The course is designed to prepare you for either the Foundation tier or Higher tier exams. The highest grade is a 9, the lowest grade is a 1. Foundation tier can achieve grades 5-1. Higher tier can achieve grades 9-4.

Study is based around 6 key areas:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

Details of what you will learn in each area can be found at AQA GCSE Mathematics ? specification at a glance.

How do I take the exams?

We do not arrange your exam for you. You will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. We recommend that you find out how much this will cost before you start the course.

Information for private candidates, including help finding a centre and what information they will need from you, can be found at AQA private candidates and our GCSE Maths forum.

You will need to make sure that you allow plenty of time to arrange your exams as there are entry deadlines: February for Summer exams and September for November resits.

Changes to Maths GCSE from 2016

From Summer 2017 all Mathematics GCSEs examined in England and Wales will follow a new specification, and will be awarded grades 9-1, rather than A*-U. If you are planning to sit your Maths GCSE in 2016, you must have studied the old specification. This was AQA GCSE Mathematics (Linear) B (4365) ? Foundation tier (grades C-G) or Higher tier (grades A*-D). You can find more detail on the content of the GCSE by downloading and reading the AQA GCSE Mathematics (Linear) B Specification.

This GCSE is assessed through two written papers and these will be held for the last time in 2016: Summer and November (resit only). You will need to arrange sitting your exam yourself. Information for private candidates can be found at AQA private candidates and our GCSE Maths forum. The entry deadlines are February for Summer 2016, and September for November 2016.

How do I study?

Our GCSEs are delivered completely online. This means that you can study when it suits you, your family, and your job. With our learning materials and your own personal tutor, you will have the one-to-one support and guidance that you need to succeed when studying a GCSE online.

When can I start?

You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no set entry requirements for this GCSE.

When are the exams?

There are two sittings for GCSEs: November and May/June. You will need to arrange sitting the exams in good time – we recommend that you should do this by August for the November exams, and by February for the May/June exams. You will only be able to sit your exams in November if you have already sat a UK GCSE in the past.

How do I learn?

Throughout your course you will be given access to the tailored learning materials and tutor-marked assessments. Your tutor will be on hand either over the phone, on the GCSE forum, or over email to support and guide you. All feedback that you receive will be there to help you to continuously improve and develop your skills. The goal of you passing your GCSE with the highest grade possible is central to our learning materials, teaching, and feedback.

How am I assessed?

You will complete self-assessment questions during each unit, and you can check your responses using the example answers given to develop and deepen your understanding. Tutor assessed questions are completed after each study section – these exam-style questions are numerically marked by your tutor, who will give you feedback on how to improve, develop and progress. At the end of the course you have the opportunity to sit mock exam papers during your revision. Your qualification however will be sat externally. This means that you will need to find and pay a centre to sit your exams.

How long will it take?

Because our courses fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to study your GCSE for. On average students prepare for a GCSE in 9 months.

When can I complete?

Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself, and are usually based on when you want to sit your exams.

What are my future prospects?

GCSEs open doors for every learner. Whether you decide to use it to gain entry to university or not, it will improve your career prospects. You will deepen your knowledge, your skills, and your understanding of the subject and studying online teaches you skills that will make you standout. From organisational skills and time management, to increased confidence in your abilities – you will be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

£350 - spread across up to 9 easy instalments

Fee breakdown

  • Enrolment Fee = £30.00, payable when you apply for the course.
  • Course Fee = £320.00, in up to 9 instalments; payable monthly, 2-weekly or in a single instalment.
  • Total Fee = £350.00.

Your course materials will be released as your fees are paid so you need to consider this when setting up your payment options.

Funding your course

This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.

This course is not eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding.

The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.

If you are not funding your course yourself, please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can make any necessary arrangements with the funder.

Course fee instalments

The amount you pay for each instalment depends on how quickly you plan to complete the course. You can also change your Target Completion Date during the course when you have a clearer idea of how quickly you are progressing. This may change the cost of your instalments. Bringing the date forward will tend to increase the amount and setting it back will tend to reduce it.

Single payment

Choose how you pay. For example:

  • You can pay the whole fee of £350.00 when you apply
  • You can pay the £30.00 Enrolment Fee when you apply, then we can debit the £320.00 Course Fee on your course start date.

Monthly

Maximum 9 payments.

  1. Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
  2. Course Fee instalments
    • 9 months @ £35.56 per month
    • 8 months @ £40.00 per month
    • 7 months @ £45.71 per month
    • 6 months @ £53.33 per month
    • 5 months @ £64.00 per month
    • 4 months @ £80.00 per month

2-weekly

Maximum 19 payments.

  1. Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
  2. Course Fee instalment examples
    • 38 weeks, 19 instalments @ £16.84
    • 30 weeks, 15 instalments @ £21.33
    • 22 weeks, 11 instalments @ £29.09
    • 14 weeks, 7 instalments @ £45.71

Special Offers

We provide reduced rate special offers when you are studying more than one qualification with us.

  1. You only ever have to pay the Enrolment Fee once, if you pay it when applying for another course with us, we will take the cost off your first Course Fee instalment.
  2. If studying more than one GCSE you get £20.00 off the second and £30.00 off any others you study with us.
  3. If studying GCSEs at the same time (in parallel with) an Access Diploma, you get £20.00 off the first and £30.00 off the second. You can only study up to a maximum of two GCSEs at the same time as an Access Diploma.

Payment methods

The normal method of payment is online with a credit or debit card. We accept all major cards (Visa Debit, MasterCard, Electron, UK Maestro and Solo) and use SagePay, one of the most secure payment systems on the market.

If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.

The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal support and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to support you and guide your studies, and you will be in contact over phone, the GCSE forum and email. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.

GCSE Administrator

Our GCSE Administrator is here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your studies with us. From giving you access to your learning materials, to offering advice about sitting your exams, the GCSE team are here for everybody – past, present and prospective student alike.

Flexibility

We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.

Technical Department

From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.

Financial Department

Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances the Finance Department is there for you.

The recommended textbook(s)

Foundation tier: AQA GCSE Maths Foundation Student Book (2015) by Stephen Fearnley and June Haighton, et al.
Oxford University Press. ISBN-10: 0198351658 ISBN-13: 978-0198351658
Available from Amazon.

Higher tier: AQA GCSE Maths Higher Student Book (2015) by Stephen Fearnley and June Haighton, et al.
Oxford University Press. ISBN-10: 0198351666 ISBN-13: 978-0198351665
Available from Amazon.

If you have a disability or special needs

The 2010 Equality Act strives to ensure that all students have equal access to examinations.

If you have a disability (such as a visual impairment) or a special educational need (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia), the centre where you sit your exams will arrange access arrangements for you. You must have evidence of your disability or special educational need for this. If you do not already have a diagnosis, you should arrange this prior to booking your exams.