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ESOL and Maths GCSE – C5991

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Course Overview

This is a GCSE maths course for adults whose first language is not English. This course is offered at Freemen’s Park Campus on Friday mornings from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. 

You will learn in an encouraging and supportive environment and gain confidence to progress to your next step in education or employment.  

This course is for people who have not previously achieved a grade 9-4 (or A* – C) in GCSE maths

You will need to attend an assessment session prior to enrolling to make sure that this is the right course for you. 

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This GCSE course helps to develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts, problem-solving and mathematical reasoning skills. Through studying this course, you will become more confident in the following topics: numbers, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics and ratio.

You will develop your mathematical reasoning skills and learn how to apply the skills you have acquired to solve mathematical problems.

Entry Requirements

This is an adult course; you must be 19 and over before 31 August 2023. You cannot have previously achieved a grade 4 or above (grade C or above) in GCSE Mathematics; please check your eligibility before applying.

You do not need to have any previous qualifications. The entry requirement for the course is the successful completion of an assessment (duration 1 hour). This will assess whether you have the necessary English and maths skills to enrol on the course.

You must be able to attend every session of the course throughout the year, as well as complete at least three hours of independent study every week to give yourself the best chance of success.

How you will be assessed

At the end of the course, there are 3 exams covering all of the topics. You are allowed to use a calculator in two out of the three exams.

The exams will be in late May and early June on dates set nationally and will be held at Abbey Park Campus.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This qualification could be used to support your progress into further education and/or employment. Many employers require employees to have a grade 4 or above in mathematics. GCSE maths at grade 4 or higher is increasingly becoming a requirement for many higher-level courses, such as teaching, nursing, social work, sciences and engineering.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the college website. You will be contacted to take an initial assessment and then be invited to enrol, or we will discuss alternative options for you.

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