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GCSE: Mathematics at New College Leicester

Course description

The course is intended for those who are yet to pass at 9-4 grade in Maths.


Course content

The course covers the following content:-

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability



Entry requirements

Students should have already achieved a GCSE grade in Maths and have followed the content taught in Years 10 & 11.


There may be the opportunity for an early entry for some students in Year 12, but this is dependent on their previous achievement.


For some students, an opportunity to review maths at a more fundamental level may be necessary.


The college also offers courses in Entry level Mathematics and Functional skills where appropriate.



Three written papers: each contributes a third of the final grade.

  • Higher Tier – grades 9-3 available
  • Foundation Tier – grades 1-5 available

Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.


There are 80 marks on each paper:

  • Paper 1: Non-calculator
  • Paper 2: Calculator
  • Paper 3: Calculator


The application and problem solving elements of mathematics are assessed on each paper:

25% of the Foundation Tier papers and 30% of the Higher Tier papers


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Future opportunities

Maths is essential for many chosen careers such as engineering, IT, transport and logistics, medicine, finance and teaching. Employers and further education establishments who do not list maths as a required subject will still examine students' mathematics grades as it is a core subject of which everyone is expected to have some knowledge.


In addition to this we all need mathematics as part of our everyday lives. There are numerous career paths available to students who continue to study mathematics beyond GCSE. These include many further education courses such as science, engineering, social sciences (especially psychology), economics, statistics, computing, sports science, teaching and medicine.


You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to mathematics such as an Accountant or Finance Clerk.


You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Please contact Mr Michael Anyon (Head of Maths) or your Connexions or careers advisor.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 November 2018
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