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This is a foundation level qualification from which you can gain a grade 4/5.


The specification follows a modular scheme suitable for both pre 16 and post 16 students.

Key Areas

Number 25%

  • Working with number and the number system
  • Fraction, decimals and percentages
  • Factors, multiples, LCM, HCF, product of prime factors
  • Types of numbers - Square, cube, powers and roots
  • Recognise powers of 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Standard form
  • Mass, length, time, money and compound measures
  • Significant figures and decimal places

Algebra 20%

  • Algebraic notation – product, sum, powers, fractions, brackets
  • Simplifying expressions, substitution, rearrange formulae
  • Equations, identities, expressions
  • Function machines
  • Coordinates, straight line graphs, quadratic graphs, reciprocal graphs
  • Recognise kinematic problems
  • Solving linear equations, solve quadratics by factorising
  • Solve linear simultaneous equations, solve linear inequalities
  • Represent inequalities on a number line
  • Sequences, linear nth terms

Ratio, proportion and rates of change 15%

  • Conversion, scale diagrams and maps
  • One quantity as a fraction of another
  • Express ratio in simplest form, direct and inverse proportions
  • Percentages
  • Compound measures

Geometry and Measures 15%

  • Notation
  • Types of angles, triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Congruence criteria
  • Construction – SSS, SAS, ASA, RHS & fractional scale
  • Circumference of a circle, area of a circle, circle properties
  • Volumes
  • Plans and elevations
  • Bearings
  • Surface area and volume of spheres, pyramids and cones, frustum
  • Arc length and area of a sector
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Trigonometry, exact values
  • Vectors

Probability (combined with statistics 15%)

  • Single events, mutually exclusive events, independent events
  • Tree diagrams

Statistics (combined with probability 15%)

  • The Data Handing Cycle
  • Data Collection
  • Data presentation and analysis

Functional elements (in context problem type questions) are embedded in the specification.

Entry Criteria

All students are required to have a GCSE grade D in maths, grade 3 or functional skill level 2. The course is designed as a revision course for those candidates who are one grade off a grade 4, consequently the course moves at a swift pace and is not recommended for those who have not sat a GCSE examination within the last two years.

What Next

GCSE Mathematics is necessary for all students wanting to enter Higher Education or to study a Science subject. It is also a qualification asked for by employers.

Course options

  • 2019/20 Part Time Evening


    Bournville College Birmingham


    Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Part Time Evening


    Please contact the college for days of the week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September | 2019/20 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 September | 2019/20 £0.00 1 Academic Year(s) -
    24+ September | 2019/20 Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic Year(s) -
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    - - 16 - - 0.00 0.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
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