Why should I study this course?

You will have the ongoing support of our teachers to help you better your grade, so you can improve your career prospects.

Maths is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve Maths in some way. GCSE Maths is a requirement for progression through Wilberforce and to University and is also a ‘must have’ for many jobs. At College, some Advanced Level courses require you to have a grade 4 in GCSE Maths before you can enrol onto them.


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What will I study?

You will build on the skills you have already developed at school, and you will study four areas:

  • number work (including fractions, decimals and percentages)
  • algebra work (simplifying algebra and solving equations)
  • shape work (angles, perimeter and area, etc) and
  • data handling (averages, graphs and probability).

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How is the course assessed?

There are 2 exams to sit (each 2 hours and 15 minutes). One is a non-calculator exam.

During the year, your progress on the course will be checked by completing past papers. These will be marked by your teacher using the same mark schemes as the examiners use, so that you know whether you are on course to achieve that important grade 4.

What will the course prepare me for?

There isn’t enough space to list of all of the university courses and jobs that require students to have a grade 4/C in GCSE Maths. Whether you like it or not, the problem-solving skills that you learn are necessary for most jobs in some way!

Private study

As with all other courses in College, the expectation is that you will do some private study each week in your own time. This might be a piece of written work to finish off from class, or maybe some work to do through the internet.

Homework and classwork are marked every week, so that you always have a good understanding of your progress on the course.

What materials will I need to provide?

The only things we ask you to bring are standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil and a ruler will do! You might have your own scientific calculator that you may want to use, but we’re happy to provide them at College if you haven’t.

How will I be taught?

You will have 3 hours of Maths on your timetable and will have a single teacher. The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them. We have structured the GCSE Maths course so that you select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in everyday and real-world situations.

This course is for you if... are interested in progressing through College and maybe onto university. It is also for you if you want to keep as many jobs open to you as possible!

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What are the course requirements?

If you have gained a grade 3 (D) in GCSE Maths you will be allowed to enrol on the GCSE Maths course (Foundation paper) at Wilberforce.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important and also getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Maths department for some help. We’re always happy to help!