GCSE Mathematics

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ICS Learn have completely redesigned the structure of their new GCSE Mathematics course to give students complete control over the pace and progression of their learning. This GCSE Mathematics course will cover all content for the reformed GCSE Maths syllabus at both Foundation and Higher tier across four study units. Rather than working through separate areas of Mathematics topic by topic, students will work through four units structured in order of Mathematical demand and target grade level.

Each unit builds on the content of the one before it while introducing new topics of increasing demand. Students will be provided with test papers at the end of each unit and after completing each test the next unit will be made available. These end-of-unit tests will contain exam-style questions and will allow tutors to gauge students’ progress and comprehension of the materials and grade approximately in line with the GCSE Maths grade bands.

GCSE Mathematics Course Content

The ICS Learn GCSE Mathematics course for the Edexcel specification is made up of four units containing all topics which relate to the three externally examined assessments at both Foundation and Higher tier.

Topics covered:

  1. Numbers
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Statistics and probability


Study Units – Ordered by Mathematical demand

Study Unit 1: Revising the Basics - Foundation 1

  1. The content of this unit will approximately target the level of demand required for the award of the new GCSE grades 1 to 2 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE’s grades F to E).
  2. Content in this unit will provide a solid Mathematical foundation giving students the tools they will need to progress through the remainder if the course with confidence.
  3. All students must complete this unit whether aiming to complete the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier examinations but, while some students may need to spend several months to master the content, others may take a couple of weeks.
  4. There are no set time limits and if a student wishes to complete the test paper immediately at the end of Unit 1 to progress to Unit 2, that would be possible providing that the student can prove they are sufficiently competent to move on through to the next part of the course.
  5. This first study unit will provide a basic introduction to all the key areas of the course including number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, and statistics and probability.


Study Unit 2: Moving On - Foundation 2/Higher 1

  1. The content of this unit will approximately target GCSE grades 3 to 4 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE’s grades D to C) and will be assessed on both Foundation and Higher tier exam papers.
  2. In Study Unit 2, students will build on the topics introduced in Unit 1 and will gain confidence in the skills needed to progress to the next Study Unit.
  3. New topics introduced in this unit will include index laws, solving more complex linear equations and inequalities, transformation geometry and using frequency tree diagrams.


Study Unit 3: Preparing for Higher tier – Foundation 3/Higher 2

  1. The content in Study Unit 3 will approximately target GCSE grades 5 to 6 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE’s grades C to B).
  2. In Unit 3 students will be introduced to a variety of topics new to Foundation tier including standard form, quadratic functions, trigonometry and vectors.
  3. On completion of Study Units 1, 2, and 3, students will have covered all Foundation tier content for Maths GCSE.
  4. The benefit of this course structure means that if students wish to stop at this point and enter the Foundation tier exams, they may. The tutors will be there to support the students as they continue to practice, review and revise the content from the first three Study Units in preparation for their final Foundation tier exams.


Study Unit 4: Mastering Higher tier - Higher 3

  1. The content of this unit will approximately target GCSE grades 7 to 9 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE’s grade B to A* and beyond). This unit should be completed by all students wishing to enter the Higher tier GCSE Maths exams.
  2. In Study Unit 4, students will be introduced to many topics new to GCSE Maths including iterative methods, quadratic inequalities and inverse and composite functions.
  3. On completion of this final unit students should have the confidence to answer the majority of questions on the Higher tier exam papers.
Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our GCSE Mathematics course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.

Where will I go from here?

A GCSE in Maths will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in mathematics, eventually leading to a career in one of its associated fields. If you wish to enter or progress in the workforce generally, you'll find your GCSE Mathematics will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

What will I gain?

This course will prepare you to sit the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Specification GCSE (9 to 1) 1MA1 examinations


There are three final assessments; and students must choose before registering for the exam which level of examination they sit, either Foundation tier or Higher tier.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

The two tiers are available to students, but if sitting Foundation level only grades 1 to 5 would be available, and if students sit the Higher tier examination then grades 4 to 9 are available (grade 3 can also be awarded).

These final assessments are nationally set by Edexcel. The exam diets are May/June in any single year.

The first available examination date for this course takes place in Summer 2017.

For further information on the GCSE Specification changes relating to grades and content, please see the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Getting Started Guide here.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive study materials that have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field. You'll also have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

You'll also be part of our online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

We will provide students with electronic student books for this course. Additionally, a list of reading material shall be offered to help students source their reading throughout the course, if needed.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest free monthly payment plan.

Or speak to one of our course advisors now for payment plans.

Additional Fees

Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. 

The costs of your examinations are not included in your course fees. These fees shall vary depending on your selected examination centre, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than local state schools. You should be aware that examination fees could be in the region of £80 -£150 per paper and these are not included in your course fees.

Please speak to our course advisors for more information on examinations.

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