Mathematics Level 1 and 2

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It is now a requirement from the government that all students who have not gained a grade C or better at GCSE maths in school have to continue with a course that leads to a Level 2 maths qualification. In this case maths makes out a core element of your programme.

Course type

Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate

Course length

Two years (alongside your full-time programme)

Required qualifications

If you have a grade G or F in GCSE Mathematics, you will be enrolled on the Level 1 course. If you have a grade E in GCSE Mathematics, you will be enrolled on the Level 2 course.

This course is equivalent to GCSE Mathematics (Ofqual) and developed for post-16. The aim for this course is to gain a grade C at the end of two years on either level, or to progress to GCSE Mathematics in the second year.

What will I study?

In the first year you will take two modules:

  • managing money/personal finance – GCSE concepts on percentages, decimals, fractions and ratio, which are taught in everyday situations such as taking out loans
  • using data/data handling – exploring how data can be collected, displayed and analysed and how Statistics can be misrepresented and misinterpreted
  • the content in each module at Level 2 goes beyond what you have learnt so far at GCSE and will be useful for your whole programme at college. In the second year, you will study the core unit that covers topics from all areas of GCSE maths

Method of assessment

You will have two exams at the end of the first year and one at the end of the second year. Once you have achieved your grade in all three modules, you will be awarded the Certificate in use of Mathematics at Level 1 or 2 (foundation or higher tier).

Other information

Grade C in the Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics is equivalent to a C at GCSE Mathematics. Attendance is compulsory.