GCSE Maths for Adults (PTD) – September 2024

Funding information: Free Adult Maths and English funding available dependant on learner circumstances.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part-time Day

Course Overview

Successful completion of this course will give you an essential mathematics qualification to support a range of career paths and further study.

GCSE Mathematics encompasses the broad mathematics topics of number, geometry, statistics and algebra. There is a significant amount of problem solving using mathematics techniques to prepare you for entry into a wide variety of courses and careers.

Throughout the year you will complete assessments that will help guide you towards, and give you the confidence, to complete the course. Your final qualification will then be based upon the completion of three examinations, including non-calculator and calculator papers, in May/June. You must complete all three examinations set by the examination board (AQA). There are two tiers (foundation or higher) and you will discuss which is most appropriate with your tutor before taking the examination.

Contact time: 3 hours a week, Monday 13:15 – 16:30, Wednesday 09:00 – 12:15, or Thursday 17:30 – 20:45.

Course Content

A broad overview of the course involves three main topics:

  • Number e.g. types of number, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio
  • Measure shape and space e.g. units of measure, perimeter, area and volume, angles, bearings
  • Data handling e.g. charts, graphs, averages, sequences

There will be an element of non-calculator and calculator skills to achieve the final assessment.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course but you will be required to sit a short assessment and interview before you enrol to assess your level.

If you are not suitable for GCSE you may be offered Functional Skills as a suitable alternative.

Assessment Methods

  • Examinations


You may decide that you want to take your studies further and use your new skills to gain employment or access other college courses, such as the Access to HE course, which acts as an entry qualification to degree-level qualifications.