Vocational Course

GCSE Mathematics

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About this course

Specification: Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (Linear) (1MA0)

How will I be assessed?

Foundation tier (G-C)

  • Paper 1 - Non calculator - 1 hour 45 minutes - weighting: 50%
  • Paper 2 - With calculator - 1 hour 45 minutes - weighting: 50%

Higher tier (D-A*)

  • Paper 1 - Non calculator - 1 hour 45 minutes - weighting: 50%
  • Paper 2 - With calculator - 1 hour 45 minutes - weighting: 50%

The GCSE exam is in early June (dates not yet released by Edexcel).

It is assumed that students will need to carry out a minimum of 2 hours independent study each week.

What do I need?

Specific Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, although students who already have GCSE grades D, E or equivalent are likely to benefit most.

Where can it take me?

Access to Higher Education. AS/A Level Mathematics or Statistics. Also a useful qualification for University courses or jobs.

Additional Information

Diagnostic Assessment

All students take an online diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic will identify strengths and areas needing support. It will also help decide whether Foundation or Higher is to be studied. It may suggest that the part-time GCSE course is not suitable.

A student who is in doubt about the suitability of the course should ask to speak to a member of the Maths Department on 0121 602 7777 ext 251 or 0121 602 7632 (direct line).

You may contact the PSD Team (Ext. 291) if you think that you need other numeracy support.

The diagnostic test is taken during the first week of the course, on Monday or Wednesday evening. It takes about 1 hour. Students can opt to study Foundation or Higher tier. The highest grade achievable on Foundation is C. The highest grade achievable on Higher is A*. There will be classes doing Higher and classes doing Foundation.

What do I need for the classes?

Writing materials, paper, maths instruments (i.e. a geometry set) and a scientific calculator will be needed. If you require a calculator you could purchase it through the department. Your lecturer can advise you of which models are appropriate.

If you are eager to get started before then you could purchase a textbook. This is not essential as we will use a variety of resources during the course, but access to a text book, particularly for independent study, will help.


  • Pass Edexcel GCSE Maths in a Year (ISBN: 978 0 1991 36377, Publisher: Oxford). (Covers Grades C - G topics) - Cost is approximately £21


  • Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A Linear Higher Student Book (ISBN: 978 1 84690 083 9, Publisher: Pearson) (covers Grades A* - D topics) - cost is approximately £19.

These textbooks come with a CD-Rom which is a digital version of the book. This offers additional features such as worked solutions.