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About the Maths Foundation GCSE
The GCSE mathematics has two different tiers (2 options) as shown below which the student has to choose from:
- GCSE Mathematics Foundation tier (right now you’re in this page)
- GCSE Mathematics Higher tier
The Mathematics foundation GCSE Course gently guides the student through basic mathematical skills, progressing on to more advanced material as the student’s skills and abilities develop. Covering foundation areas in maths such as fractions, percentages, probability and graphs. GCSE mathematics is considered an essential entry requirement for numerous study courses at higher level, not just those directly related to maths, but many others such as biology, chemistry, physics, economy, or even business studies where basic mathematics is an important tool to resolve many problems.
Once you have completed your course, you will have prepared yourself to attend the external formal examinations in either of the British Council or one of the AQA approved examination centers in your country of residence.
Studying AQA GCSE curriculum in mathematics Foundation is an appropriate course for teaching delivery through distance learning and for sitting for the formal examinations. Once you have completed your course, you will have prepared yourself to attend an external formal examinations in any AQA approved examination centers across the UK. if you are living outside the UK, we recommend checking with the nearest British Council branch to you if they offer AQA exams (many of them provide).
What is the Difference between the GCSE Mathematics Foundation and Higher
The first question here is whether the student need obtain maths foundation before joining the maths higher or not, the answer is no. The student can choose one from the two options and sit for a single exams set, either the GCSE foundation exams or the higher exams in maths.
In case the student has enrolled in GCSE mathematics foundation, they will study the foundation topics ONLY then sit for the GCSE maths foundation exams, while if the student choose to study GCSE mathematics higher then he/she will need to study the foundation topics plus the higher topics and then sit for their GCSE maths higher exams without the need for siting the GCSE maths foundation.
As for the exams, the foundation students are examined in the foundation topics while the higher students are examined in both the foundation and higher topics, thus students study mathematics higher study more mathematics topics than the foundation students. In another simpler way, the foundation year student study one book called foundation, while the higher students study the same foundation book plus the higher book.
Well, another question, can a student with mathematics foundation and another different GCSE subjects apply for university foundation year? the answer is yes provided it is NOT mathematics dependent degree such as nursing, languages, journalism, law, media, etc. The aforementioned does not mean that studying higher mathematics is better than studying foundation mathematics, but it boils down to the university major you wish to pursue in the future.
Accreditation and Course Code
The course prepares you to sit for AQA examination in the GCSE maths foundation in any AQA approved examination center across the UK, but if you are living outside the UK then you may check with the nearest British Council branch to you if they offer AQA exams (many provides). The full name of the qualifications is:
AQA GCSE in Combined Science Trilogy (Exam Code: 8300F)
With another 4 different GCSE subjects the GCSE maths foundation provides progression to various subject at A-level or to university foundation-year to any discipline that does NOT depend on mathematics such as nursing, languages, journalism, law, media, etc. Please note that the number of GCSE subjects needed for admission depends on each university requirements.
Academic requirements: You don't need any previous qualifications to enrol in any of our GCSE courses, you just need some basic maths for this course. For student who needs some mathematics push or brush up, we have designed for them a short course in mathematics preparation to study before starting the course, that is to fill up any gap in maths basics skills. The course is most suitable to applicants who has studied KS3, grade 8 or equivalent
English language requirement: If your first language is English then you may skip this section.
If your first language is Not English and you wish to enrol in our GCSE courses then you are required to take our free online English proficiency test, just follow the on-screen instructions to the end. To take the English proficiency test please click here.
The course is designed to prepare students for the AQA examination in the GCSE qualification in mathematics foundation, course code 8300F. Topics you will learn in your GCSE in mathematics foundation course including:
- 1.0 Number (Foundation)
- 2.0 Algebra (Foundation)
- 2.1 Notation, vocabulary and manipulation
- 3.2.2 Graphs
- 2.2 Solving equations and inequalities
- 2.3 Sequences
- 3.0 Ratio, proportion and rates of change (Foundation)
- 4.0 Geometry and measures (Foundation)
- 4.1 Properties and constructions
- 4.2 Mensuration and calculation
- 4.3 Vectors
- 5.0 Probability (Foundation)
- 6.0 Statistics (Foundation)
Duration of The Course and Study Period
The duration of any of our GCSE courses is 16 months, however, student has the flexibility to finish it earlier. Each GCSE course would need approximately 300 study hours for each course; hence you may estimate the time needed for completing your course as below:
- For 16 months study plan: you would need 5 hours a week per each GCSE subject.
- For 12 months study plan: you would need 7 hours a week per 1 subject.
- For 9 months study plan: you would need about 10 hours a week per 1 subject.
For each of the cases above we have allowed for 8 weeks revision period before the exam which we strongly recommend in order to revise and practice past exams papers. Other factors to be taken into considerations when thinking of the duration needed to complete your course are things such as the number of subjects you study concurrently whether you are employed or fully dedicated to studying the courses, your initial English language skills in reading and writing and other life commitments.
It is very important for you to know that your formal exams are externally assessed; that means you won’t be examined by OBA when you complete your study but by the examiner board i.e. by AQA for this course. The marks you achieve in your formal exams counts by 100% toward your qualifications while the ongoing internal exams you take with OBA do not contribute towards your qualification marks.
Where Do I Take My Formal Exams After I Finish My Course?
In any approved Exams Centres including the following:
1) For AQA Approved Exams Centres in the UK: to find AQA exam centre nearby you please follow this link here
2) For Students Living Outside the UK: you will need to contact the British Council at your country of residence to ask them if you can register for AQA exams. Ensure you inform them that you are a private-candidate i.e. a student studying through distance-learning. To find more information about the British Council click here then choose your country from the dropdown menu.
What your Course Fees Doesn’t Cover
Course fees do NOT include examinations or arrangement fees which required to sit for your formal exams and are paid for either the examination centre whether it is Pearson-Edexcel Examination Approved Centre or the British Council in your country of residence.
Thank you and we wish you all the best of luck with your studies!
Payment & Monthly Instalments
The Below Payment Option Applies Only to the UK Resident Only
For instalment plan, you may spread the course fee over 10 months with each payment equals to £45 with 0% interest. If this option suits you, you may submit your application for the course by clicking the green button below then after the submission set your direct debit payment plan through GOCARDLESS button below for the Maths Foundation IGCSE course: