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New College Durham Gcse Maths

New College Durham Gcse Maths


GCSE Maths

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 2
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Awarded by:
AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19+ – Free or £180



This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical problems. You will learn the essential methods required to solve GCSE level mathematical problems.
The emphasis is very much on using and applying mathematics to solve the types of problems that you may meet in your jobs and everyday lives.



This course aims to help learners develop the skills required to solve typical everyday mathematical problems.
The course follows the new specification GCSE Mathematics, which grades students from 9-1 instead of from A*-G. You will study the foundation syllabus which allows students achieve a grade 1-5. Grade 5 is broadly equivalent to a ‘high’ grade C.


The course studied is the AQA 9-1 GCSE Mathematics 8300 linear course. It is assessed with three compulsory modules in May/June. Each paper covers a cross-section of the main topic areas, which are:

  • Number (25%)
  • Algebra (20%)
  • Statistics and probability (15%)
  • Geometry (15%)
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change (25%).

The course is fast-paced in order to cover the required material to be prepared for the summer examinations. You must be prepared to work hard both inside and outside of class.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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Monday:5pm-8pmWednesday:5pm-8pm*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will sit three exams in May/June – each exam is 1.5 hours long and counts for one-third of your final result.
The first exam is non-calculator and the remaining two allow the use of a calculator. The exam dates are: Thursday 24 May 2018, Thursday 7 June 2018 and Tuesday 12 June 2018, all in the morning.

What else?

If you are looking for an interactive way to practice what you have learnt, visit Maths is Fun. Alternatively, you could buy the revision guide here.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Additional Costs

You will need to buy a scientific calculator (available at stationery shops or most supermarkets), and you will need to provide your own pens, pencils, paper, compasses and protractor. We can advise on these when you have started the course.

Interview Instructions

Below are the stages to the interview process:

  1. You will be invited in to a briefing session on the first Tuesday of the month during May, June, July or August. This briefing will last 30 minutes.
  2. If you are still interested, you will sit a diagnostic assessment on the Number section of GCSE Mathematics, and you will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the GCSE Maths team.
  3. Following the diagnostic assessment and interview, we will either accept you onto the course or recommend an alternative route in order to better suit your current mathematical skills.

Entry Criteria

Students are required to have a grade D (or grade 3) at GCSE (or equivalent), or to have obtained a Level 2 Functional Maths certificate within the past five years.
All applications will be considered. Entry onto the course is subject to an initial assessment and short interview. We take your personal circumstances into account and the one-to-one interview with a tutor means that we can advise on the most appropriate starting point for your maths education.