Mathematics (Higher Tier) has been added to My Courses


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05/03/21 - Students, Parents & Carers please see Key Updates for the latest returning to college information.

Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 general qualifications, such as GCSEs, of which four must be at grade D/3 including GCSE English Language, or a Level 1 BTEC Certificate at Merit or above
  • Maths grade 4



Exam board: AQA

100%100% 4-9 Pass rate

Course Outline

You will follow a one year course covering all aspects of the syllabus with three written exams in May/June.

The three examinations are as follows:

Paper 1: A non-calculator paper testing all aspects of the syllabus, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2: A calculator paper testing all aspects of the syllabus, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 3: A calculator paper testing all aspects of the syllabus, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff. Teaching methods mostly involve whole-class teaching, with discussions and group work. You are expected to do a substantial amount of revision and practice outside the classroom.

Methods of Assessment

This course is assessed by three written examinations in May/June.

Throughout the course, your progress is assessed and monitored by regular assignments and mock examinations.


The College Library is well stocked with Mathematics books, and you are encouraged to use IT resources as appropriate. You are expected to provide your own scientific calculators and geometry sets.


You will be expected to improve from your previous grade 4 or 5 to grade 6 to 9. These grades will then open up opportunities for you to study mathematics or science-based subjects at A-level the following year.

Additional Costs

You are expected to purchase your own calculator and a geometry set.

This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.