Maths GCSE Higher Tier

This course follows the AQA GCSE Maths syllabus. It is a linear syllabus suitable for the post-18 student. You will need a sound knowledge of Maths and English to succeed on this course and you will need to have knowledge of how you learn - your preferred learning style for example - as well as a knowledge and understanding of study skills. This is a busy and comprehensive written examination based course.

Course Content

This GCSE Maths Syllabus is the same for all Examination Boards. It comprises six main areas:

Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Geometry and measures
In addition to this subject content, you should be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae

The aim of your study is to develop confidence and competence in the content and to be able to apply it flexibly to solve problems.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

In order to enrol onto this GCSE Maths course you need to have established Maths skills at Level 2 as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based screening assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths. As well as the required level of Maths, you should also have language skills corresponding to Level 2 as a minimum. This can be evidenced through the initial screening or a GCSE English grade C/Grade 4/Functional Skills Level 2 or above (you need to bring evidence of this).
If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information -
The entry requirements for the GCSE Maths course on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
If you have sat the GCSE maths examination in the last 2 years and gained a Grade D/Grade 3 please let us know when you contact us to arrange an interview and bring your certificate along to any interview or Open Day.

Assessment Methods

You will sit three written papers. The dates for the exams are in May and June. The exact dates will be confirmed to you by the college exams office. The dates and times are set nationally and you may not be on the usual day of the course, so you may need to arrange time off work and/or childcare for these dates.

Paper 1 is 1 hour 30 minutes non-calculator paper. .
Paper 2 is 1 hour 30 minutes calculator paper
Paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minute calculator paper.
All papers assess content from any part of the specification. The papers use a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. Each paper carries 33.33% of available marks.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

You will need to purchase the textbook for the course. This is AQA GCSE Maths (4th edition) Higher Student Book published by Collins ISBN-13:978-0007597345 price £19.99

You are expected to have a standard Geometry Set, a 30 cm Ruler, an A4 writing pad, a ring-binder or folders as well as pencils, a rubber and a highlighting pen. You will also need a Scientific calculator - preferably one of the Casio FX series which will cost about £10.00.
You should bring your textbook and writing materials to every class.

Regular attendance is essential. Please be on time for each session. When you sign the learning agreement with the college you are agreeing to attend each week, be punctual and sit all examinations. There are 6 Saturday classes. You must attend all of these. You should do your very best to attend all sessions. If you are unable to attend you must let your tutor know. You will be able to find a summary of the main points of the lesson on MOODLE. You will also be directed toward a range of online learning resources that you should develop the habit of using to support your own learning.

You should allow at least 4 hours per week outside of class time to concentrate on homework. This will include work set by the tutor from the textbook and also use of e-learning sources. Each week you will progress through a new part of the syllabus. Because of the demands of the course, there is limited time to spend on each topic in class. Your tutor will keep moving forward. This is why it is important for you to keep up with the homework and to work as an active learner in the classroom; contributing in a positive and constructive manner and asking questions when you are unsure. You are expected to keep up with homework when it is set each week. If you fall behind on this course there is little opportunity to catch up and this will almost certainly affect your success.

By enrolling on a Maths course you can develop your problem solving, quantitative reasoning, communication and time management skills including working to deadlines. Mathematical knowledge is very important in STEM jobs and in many other jobs. For example, health care professionals need maths skills to treat patients, understand medical tests, and operate medical equipment. In fact, maths is a basic skill in most occupations.