York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This is a widely recognised qualification that is often needed for employment or further training, the course is anyone for does not currently hold a GCSE Maths qualification or the grade they require and wishes to progress their learning.

Overview of the course

The course is designed to develop competence and confidence in number, shape and space, handling data and algebra skills. This is achieved by encouraging you to play an active part in your learning. To this end there will be a wide range of tutor-led, whole class, small group and individual activities designed to help you improve, both in the classroom and independently/online.

Entry Requirements

Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course and a grade D/3 in English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2. If you don’t have any prior qualifications, you can come in for an assessment interview and we will be able to advise you on the best course for you.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Eve) – 20th Sep 2021 – 6th Jun 2022, Mondays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 29 weeks

September (Eve) –  21st Sep 2021 – 7th Jun 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 31 weeks

September (Aft) – 22nd Sep 2021 – 8th Jun 2022, Wednesdays, 12.30pm – 3pm, 31 weeks

November (Eve) – 10th Nov 2021 – 8th Jun 2022, Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 26 weeks

Fast Track - January (Eve) – 18th Jan 2022 – 19th May 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 15 weeks

Fast Track - January (Day) – 21st Jan 2022 – 27th May 2022, Fridays, 9.30am – 3pm, 16 weeks

All courses are a total of 75 hours and finish at the point of the GCSE exams

Course Modules/units

During the course you will look at the following:

  • Numbers - fractions, ratios, percentages, tax and insurance. Factors and multiples
  • Algebra - using algebra, number sequences. Investigating the properties of straight lines and curves
  • Shape and Space - angles and geometry, scale diagrams and plans
  • Handling Data - analysis of data and investigating probability
  • Applications using mathematics to investigate a given problem

Study Methods

The course consists of work in the classroom (teaching and problem solving), with an equivalent time spent on personal study and homework, including using online resources.


Three 1 hour 30 minute exams (Typically held end of May/beginning June)

Paper 1 – Non-Calculator

Paper 2 – Calculator

Paper 3 – Calculator

Course Fees

If you have not previously achieved a Grade C/4 or higher in GCSE Maths, the course is fully funded, with no cost to you, with the exception of adults currently on a higher education course.

If you are resitting to improve on a Grade C/4, you will be liable to pay a fee.

Additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course progression

Many of our students go on to Access to HE or other Level 3 courses, for the purpose of retraining or studying at university.

Career progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in maths to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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