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GCSE Mathematics

Level 2
30 weeks
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch)


GCSE Maths and GCSE Maths (Numeracy)

These qualifications are very useful in a variety of careers, developing skills that are highly recognised and valued in the workplace. They are two separate stand alone qualifications, although there are some common elements to the course materials. It is possible to sit both exams, however it is strongly advised to research which strand is the best fit for your individual needs.

  • Both qualifications are a one year course for examination in the summer.
  • Equal weighting of calculator and non-calculator questions.
  • Choice of Intermediate level ( Grades B to E ) or Higher level (Grades A* to C).

Key information

No formal qualifications are required, other than the expectation that students complete homework and show the ability to work independently to achieve their goals. It is also expected that students commit to attending all classes.

30 weeks  - 2.5 hours per week

What are the differences between GCSE Maths and GCSE Maths (Numeracy)?

It’s important to know this at the very start of your course, although if you decide to change strand after a while that’s ok.

  • GCSE Maths generally consists of short structured questions. It has more of the traditional elements such as algebra and further geometry and requires a wide knowledge of maths vocabulary. Questions are usually worth a relatively small number of marks.
  • GCSE Maths (Numeracy) has more focus on problem solving. Questions generally have more detail and require a good level of comprehension. It tends to introduce more real life scenarios and questions can be worth quite a lot of marks.

Students will need a scientific calculator, ruler, protractor and pair of compasses. A course text book is also available. Use of the college Moodle site and MathsWatch is strongly encouraged. Passwords will be provided by your lecturer.

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