GCSE Higher Mathematics Course

GCSE Higher Mathematics is a fully examined course which encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to:

  • Develop your understanding of ratios and averages
  • Understand how to work out equations with fractions and decimals
  • Explore everything you need to know about Pythagoras and Trigonometry

This course is designed to help meet the needs of those who want a challenging subject either with a view to further study at A Level or simply to supplement a portfolio of IGCSE/GCSE subjects. This course has been written for the higher examination papers

Qualification: GCSE Higher Mathematics (A8300)
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 300 Hours - 12 Months Max Support

Course fees include course lessons & 12 months tutor support
(Exam fees not included)


GCSE Higher Mathematics Course

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Course Fee: Starting at: £449.00

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined

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  • 1 Structure and Calculations
  • 1.1 Positive and Negative Numbers
  • 1.2 Place Value
  • 1.3 Powers and Roots
  • 1.4 Factors and Multiples
  • 2 Fractions and Decimals
  • 2.1 Decimals
  • 2.2 Standard Form
  • 2.3 Fractions
  • 2.4 Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • 3 Measures and Accuracy
  • 3.1 Exact Calculations
  • 3.2 Rounding and Estimation
  • 3.3 Using a Calculator
  • 3.4 Measures
  • 3.5 Error Intervals
  • 4 Notation, Expressions and Formulae
  • 4.1 Notation and Expressions
  • 4.2 Expanding and Factorising 1
  • 4.3 Substitution
  • 4.4 Rearranging
  • 4.5 Expanding and Factorising 2
  • 4.6 Functions
  • 5 Graphs
  • 5.1 Straight Line Graphs
  • 5.2 Quadratic Graphs
  • 5.3 Sketching Functions
  • 5.4 Real Life Graphs
  • 5.5 Areas Under Graphs
  • 6 Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • 6.1 Solving Linear Equations
  • 6.2 Solving Quadratic Equations
  • 6.3 Solving Simultaneous Equations
  • 6.4 Solving Inequalities
  • 6.5 Iteration
  • 7 Sequences
  • 7.1 Linear Sequences
  • 7.2 Special Sequences
  • 7.3 Quadratic Sequences
  • 8 Properties and Construction
  • 8.1 Measuring
  • 8.2 Area and Perimeter
  • 8.3 Angle Rules
  • 8.4 Loci and Construction
  • 8.5 Circles
  • 8.6 3D Shapes
  • 9 Transformations
  • 9.1 Transformations
  • 9.2 Vectors
  • 10 Triangles
  • 10.1 Pythagoras Theorem
  • 10.2 Trigonometry
  • 10.3 Further Trigonometry
  • 11 Ratio, Proportion and Change
  • 11.1 Ratio
  • 11.2 Percentages
  • 11.3 Proportion
  • 11.4 Congruence and Similarity
  • 12 Probability
  • 12.1 Probability Experiments
  • 12.2 Sets
  • 12.3 Tree Diagrams
  • 12.4 Conditional Probability
  • 13 Statistics
  • 13.1 Collecting Data
  • 13.2 Statistical Diagrams 1
  • 13.3 Averages
  • 13.4 Statistical Diagrams 2

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 14 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed


To sit AQA examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre. Full details will be contained within your course pack

AQA - GCSE Higher Mathematics

AQA Examinations are the largest awarding body in the UK for international qualifications predominantly aimed at 14-19 years olds. AQA is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulator of examinations in England – to award qualifications. This means you can be sure all assessments and qualifications are monitored and meet appropriate standards

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 300. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely. 

We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed

Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal.  This course is not available in hard copy/paper format,

We will begin by looking at what the examination board will require of you in the way of examinations. You will be referred to what you need to do in terms of registration and arranging with an external centre for you to take the examinations.

Once the administration matters have been cleared up, we will look at the specification we will be following. As part of your course, you will be supplied with the Study Guide for IGCSE and A Levels. Do make use of this as it has been written to help you with your studies and to supplement the specific information and guidance given in the course material itself.


To achieve a GCSE in Mathematics you will be assessed across the four sections by 3 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper 1 – Non-Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Paper 2 - Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Paper 3 – Calculator
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hours
  • Weighing: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment Type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems
  • Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.
  • If you choose to study this course you will need to take the higher-level examinations

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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