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Mathematics GCSE at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

All students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent will need to include a Level 2 Mathematics course in their programme.

This course is available for students who have not yet achieved Grade 4, and will be taking the course alongside their main study programme, or who are taking the Access to Level 3 General programme. It is also available for those who are taking the Access Level 3 Science programme. There are different entry criteria for these two options (see below).

We may if appropriate also offer a course for students who have not yet achieved Grade 3 in GCSE Maths. 

A good pass in GCSE Maths is viewed as essential for progression onto a wide variety of further study, training or employment. The course also emphasises problem solving and mathematical communication. This is to help prepare you for the world of work where an ability to think logically when making decisions and explain your reasoning clearly to others are highly valued.

The focus is on applying knowledge and mathematical in order to solve problems. There is a strong emphasis on mathematical reasoning and communicating mathematical ideas in addition to consolidating basics including arithmetic skills.


Course content

The GCSE consists of three key assessment objectives:

1. Applying standard techniques (40% of marks)

This includes the recollection of facts, formulae and algorithms in order to accurately, correctly and efficiently perform a range of calculations of varying difficulty.

2. Reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically (30% of marks)

This covers the choice of calculations and presentation of structured techniques to solve problems. A key area for assessment here is Quality of Written Communication (QWC).

3. Solving non-routine problems (30% of marks)

This measures your ability to select appropriate mathematical techniques in order to solve problems in a variety of contexts which may not have been previously encountered.


Assessment is by three examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes each. You can use a calculator in Papers 2 and 3, but not in paper 1. Any of the course content could be examined in each of the three papers.

Minimum entry requirements

At least 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects with at least Grade 3 in English and Maths.

A course may be available for students who have not yet achieved a Grade 3.

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at Grade 3 in a range of subjects with at least Grade 3 in English and at least a Grade 2 in Maths.

If you need to improve your Grade 4 GCSE grade, you will have the opportunity to do this if you wish to progress onto Level 3 science-based courses.

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Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.


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: 27 September 2018
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