Course Description 

This course will cover the Foundation content of GCSE mathematics. Learners who want to take higher tier examinations will receive a limited level of support from the maths department, so it is crucial higher tier learners commit to extensive independent study.

The main areas of the study are: Number, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Algebra, Geometry and measure, Statistics, Probability.

Some courses will run using blended learning, which includes a combination of both face-to-face and distance learning. Other course will be delivered in virtual classrooms. Therefore, it is important that you have easy access to a computer with the internet.

This course includes a 3-week BAES IT Fundamentals course in order to maximise participation in learning using digital tools.

Entry Requirements

This course is normally delivered over 2 or 3 years in schools. Therefore, it is necessary that learners have good literacy (at least Level 1) and numeracy skills before starting the course. Ideally learners should have achieved Level 2 Maths Functional Skills, or Grade D/Grade 3 in GCSE Maths, or similar in an equivalent course (e.g. CSE/’O’ level Maths) in order to complete the course in one year.

Learners will be expected to carry out at least 4 hours of independent study in their own time, every week, to cover all the course content.

Initial Assessment

To gain a place on the course, all learners must book an initial assessment by calling BAES Info Line (0121 303 4318) or one of the BAES centres. GCSE initial assessments are generally carried out remotely on Zoom although people can book a face-to-face assessment. Depending on the results of the assessment, learners may be advised to join a different course.

Learning Strategies

It is important that learners attend all sessions and make time to work at home every week in order to prepare, practise and consolidate their learning. The Service has on-line subscriptions to MathsWatch and MyMaths, and learners can access videos, quizzes and other activities on our BAES Moodle site.

Progress Monitoring

Learner progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first progress check in October, the learner and their teacher will determine whether it is appropriate for the learner to continue with the course. Aspects included in the discussion are attendance, punctuality, ability to cope with the amount of work required and performance on progress checks.


There will be 3 exams at the end of the course in May and June. They will be marked externally by AQA and results will be available in August.


A GCSE Grade 4 or higher will open up a variety of career and training opportunities.

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