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Mathematics (Higher Tier) GCSE at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff. Teaching methods mostly involve whole-class teaching, with some discussions and group work. Students are expected to do a substantial amount of revision and practice outside the classroom, and workshop support is available for all students. Homework, consisting mainly of previous examination questions, is set regularly.

Students follow a one year course covering all aspects of the syllabus with two written exams in May/June.

The two examinations are as follows:

  • Paper 1: A non-calculator paper testing all aspects of the syllabus, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Paper 2: A calculator paper testing all aspects of the syllabus, lasting 2 hours.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 general qualifications, such as GCSEs, of which four must be at Grade D including GCSE English Language, or a Level 1 BTEC Certificate at Merit or above
  • Maths Grade C.


This course is assessed by two written examinations in May/June.

Throughout the course, the progress of each student is assessed and monitored by regular assignments and mock examinations.

Financial information

There are no charges associated with these courses, except for the purchase of a calculator and geometry set. A revision guide may also be useful.

Future opportunities

Students are expected to improve from their previous grade C to a grade A*, A or B. These grades will then open up opportunities for students to study mathematics or some science based subjects at AS level the following year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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