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GCSE mathematics is fundamental for employment and education prospects. A GCSE maths qualification has become an essential requirement by most employers seeking to recruit new staff. University entry also usually requires a grade 4 or above (Grade C on the old system). The awarding body who accredit our GCSE maths qualifications is OCR.

Timetable delivery runs for 2.5 to 3 hours per week and there are a choice of daytime and evening classes to suit everyone's needs. A high number of adults who complete the course achieve their qualification at the end of the year at grade 4 or higher.

Having a GCSE maths qualification will:

  • Improve your career prospects
  • Increase your educational opportunities
  • Build your confidence
  • Provide you with the skills to be able to support your children with their studies
  • Develop your reasoning, problem solving skills and spatial awareness to help with everyday life.

Career Destinations

  • Engineering
  • Financial sector, such as accounting and banking
  • Education, such as teaching and management
  • Childcare and Health and Social Care
  • IT, such as computing and software engineering

What can I do next?

  • An Apprenticeship
  • A-level Maths
  • A Higher Education course/University
  • Entry into employment

What will I be doing?

The OCR specification includes five different categories:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio and Proportion
  4. Geometry and Measures
  5. Statistics and Probability

How will I be assessed?

Your qualification grade is decided by three final exams which are externally assessed by the awarding body:

  • Paper 1 - calculator test - end of May
  • Paper 2 - non-calculator test - beginning of June
  • Paper 3 - calculator test - beginning/middle of June

You will also be taking a series of mock tests and exams throughout the year to help you track your progress and identify areas for development.

Entry requirements

On application you will be invited to take a maths assessment at the HRC Learning Centre. This will allow our Tutors to assess your current level and will indicate if you are suitable for the course or if an alternative maths programme may initially be required. If you'd like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

  • Basic stationery such as a pen, pencil.
  • A calculator.
  • A geometry set.

A relevant workbook is provided to all students taking the GCSE Maths exam.

Fee Information

Free unless you already have a Grade 4 or a Grade C on the old specification.

These fees are indicative of the 2022-23 costs and may be subject to change

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