GCSE Mathematics

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Studying GCSE Maths from home with us isn’t like studying in school. You can go at your own pace, set your own timetable, and get as much help as you need from your dedicated Maths tutor.

Rather than working through separate areas of maths topic by topic, our course has been specially designed so that you start with the basics, then move gradually on to more complex material when you’re ready. Each section builds on what you’ve learned previously, so you don’t forget things you’ve already mastered.

You’ll cover all the material at Grade D level before moving on to work that’s about Grade C difficulty. Once you feel ready, you'll study Grade B topics. You can then choose whether you want to study Grade A material in preparation for the higher tier exam, or focus on practicing what you've already learned in preparation for Foundation tier.

You'll complete test papers at the end of each unit which will contain exam-style questions. This allows your tutor to gauge your progress and understanding, and grade your work approximately in line with the GCSE Maths grade bands.

You'll also benefit from our live online classroom with our in-house Maths tutor Melissa, which will be recorded so you can watch in your own time if you'd prefer, and repeat lessons as often as you need to.


This course will prepare you for the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (1MA1 specification) exams. It's made up of four units.

Study Units – ordered by mathematical demand

Study Unit 1: Revising the Basics - Foundation 1

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. It'll give you a solid Mathematical foundation and the tools you need to progress through the remainder of the course with confidence.

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 grades F to E).

You must complete this unit whether you're aiming to complete the Foundation Tier or the Higher Tier exams. However, depending on your current level of maths knowledge, you could take a few months to master the content or finish it in several weeks. 

There are no set time limits on this course. If you want to complete the test paper immediately at the end of Unit 1 to progress to Unit 2, that's possible as long as you can prove you're sufficiently competent to move on to the next part of the course.

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

The content of this unit will approximately target GCSE grades 3 to 4 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE grades D to C) and will be assessed in both Foundation and Higher tier exam papers.

You'll build on the topics introduced in Unit 1 and will gain confidence in the skills needed to progress to the next Study Unit.

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

The content in Study Unit 3 will approximately target GCSE grades 5 to 6 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE grades C to B).

You'll be introduced to a variety of topics including standard form, quadratic functions, trigonometry and vectors.

Once you've completed Study Units 1, 2, and 3, you'll have covered all the Foundation tier content for the Maths GCSE.

The benefit of this course structure is that if you want to stop at this point and enter the Foundation tier exams, you can. Your tutor will be there to support you as you continue to practice, review and revise the content from the first three Study Units in preparation for your Foundation tier exams.

OPTIONAL: Study Unit 4: Mastering Higher tier - Higher 3

The content of this unit will approximately target GCSE grades 7 to 9 (roughly equivalent to the old GCSE grade B to A* and beyond). You'll complete this unit if you want to enter the Higher tier GCSE Maths exams.

In Study Unit 4, you'll be introduced to many topics new to GCSE Maths including iterative methods, quadratic inequalities and inverse and composite functions.

On completion of this final unit you'll have the confidence to answer the majority of questions on the Higher tier exam papers.

The GCSE Maths course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the essential foundation you need if you're thinking about studying Maths or maths-related subjects at A Level or university.

It's also a requirement for many other college and university courses. You should check with the institution you're interested in attending to find out if this is the case.

GCSE Maths will be useful if you want to work in a variety of fields including medicine, science, IT, engineering and education.

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.

A GCSE in maths will give you vital skills that can lead to A Level and further studies in maths and many other subjects.

The study of maths is useful in many roles, such as:

  1. Actuary
  2. Operational researcher
  3. Research scientist
  4. Secondary school teacher
  5. Statistician
  6. Aerospace engineer
  7. Chartered accountant
  8. Corporate investment banker
  9. Insurance underwriter
  10. Investment analyst
  11. Meteorologist
  12. Quantity surveyor
  13. Software tester

When it comes to finding a job, 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.

GCSE Maths is a requirement for many college and university courses. You should check with the institution you'd like to attend to find out the grades and subjects you need.

If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.

You could also do an apprenticeship, or take a vocational course related to a specific job or sector such as an NVQ or BTEC.

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

You'll be able to join live online classrooms led by our in-house Maths teacher. These will be recorded so you can watch them or re-watch them in your own time.

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

There are three final assessments for this course. They're nationally set by Edexcel and take place in May/June every year.

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

Before you register for the exam, you'll choose whether to sit the Foundation tier or the Higher tier. If you sit Foundation level, only grades 1 to 5 are available. If you sit the Higher tier exam, grades 3 to 9 are available.

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

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and give you all the information you need to find a suitable exam centre. You'll need to pay a fee to the centre.

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors.

Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools. 

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!




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