Maths - working towards GCSE

Course Description

This course aims to empower learners, by building on existing mathematical knowledge, increasing their understanding, confidence and skill set to use mathematics in their future careers.  

This course will cover the Grades 1-3 content of Foundation GCSE mathematics. The main areas of the study are: Number, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics, Probability. 

Working Towards GCSE courses will be delivered using blended learning, which includes a combination of both face-to-face and distance learning. Therefore, you must 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 Requirement

It is necessary that learners have good literacy (at least Level 1) and numeracy skills before starting the course. In order to be considered suitable for this course, learners should at least have achieved Level 1 Maths Functional Skills or have equivalent skills.

Initial Assessment

To gain a place on the course, all learners must book an initial assessment by calling BAES info Line on 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.

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 subscription to Mathswatch and Mymaths and learners can access videos, quizzes and other activities on our BAES Moodle site.

Progress Monitoring

Learners’ 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 no formal exams, but a portfolio of work that learners have completed during the course will be submitted at the end of the course. 


Working Towards GCSE will prepare you for Maths GCSE. The completion of this course will not automatically lead to learners having a place on a GCSE course.

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