York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This is a widely recognised qualification that is often needed for employment or further training.

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 Times

Daytime and evening courses are available. Most are 2.5 hours per week.

Course Length

Most courses start in September 2020

For late starters, there is an evening course that starts in November (3 hours a week)

We may offer fast track courses starting in January, which would be 5 hours a week, either one full day or 2 evenings.

All courses are a total of 75 hours and finish at the end of May 2021

Course Modules/units

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

Teaching Method(s)

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 (End of May/beginning June).

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.

Reasons to choose this course

The course is delivered by experienced tutors using a variety of interesting resources.

We work with you to identify the things you need to work on in order to achieve your goals. Sessions are friendly and informal, and allow you to work at your own pace.

Skills you will develop

The course will help you develop an understanding of core maths concepts and problem-solving skills.

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. 

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.

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