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Mathematics Foundation GCSE (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



Maths remains one of the most important subjects in the eyes of colleges, universities and employers alike, and having a pass at grade C or better at GCSE level is a prerequisite for a vast number of jobs and further and higher education courses. Our home study GCSE Maths course equips you with all the knowledge and skills you need to gain this qualification, introducing you to key concepts in areas including algebra, trigonometry and geometry. If you’re not confident in your mathematical ability and are looking to achieve a grade C to enable you to move on to a new job or further study, we recommend studying the foundation course.


You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Introductory unit
Unit 1: Statistics and number
Unit 2: Number and algebra
Unit 3: Geometry and algebra


Entry requirements

You will only need a basic level of numeracy for the foundation course.


This course follows specification 4360 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specification can be obtained from AQA's website.

Three exams: 1hr30m (40% of marks), 1hr15m (33.3% of marks) and 1hr (26.7% of marks)
Fifteen assignments
No coursework
All exams must be taken in the same session


Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2016.

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.


Representative example:

Course fee:  £395
Deposit:  £39.50
Amount of credit:  £355.50
Monthly payment:  £59.25
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £395
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  

For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:

  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses






Further information

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

The foundation course will help you achieve GCSE marks up to grade C; the higher course from grade D up to grade A*.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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