GCSE maths classes

Course costs

If you do not already have a grade ‘C’ GCSE in maths (or grade 4 if you’ve studied the new curriculum), then the course is free. (We claim funding from the Government)

If you have a grade ‘C’ (or grade 4) GCSE in maths and are looking to improve your grade, then there will be course fees approximately (£350) plus the exam and administration fees (£45). If you have a low income you may be able to apply to the Learner Support Fund to pay your costs: we will discuss this once you have passed the assessment.

Course dates

We are offering Maths classes in the 2022 - 23 academic year.

GCSE classes will start the week beginning Monday 19 September.

The exam dates have yet to be confirmed, but are usually at the end of May/beginning of June.

Intensive Maths GCSE will start in January 2023 and will offer the GCSE course in a condensed period of time.


We have a crèche service available for the daytime classes at some venues, please make sure you tell us at your assessment if you need a crèche place.

Entry requirements

To secure a place on the course you will need to pass an assessment that requires you to be working at around Functional Skills Level 2.

Your English needs to be good enough that you can understand what is being said in class and can read the exam paper (so should be at least Functional Skills Level 1).

Course content

This course covers the entire school maths curriculum in under 75 hours of teaching. That’s a lot to get through! Most of our students find the course quite demanding.

You will be expected to complete homework every week. You will often find that you need to do extra study and practise before you are able to complete the homework.

You should allow for at least 5 hours of home study a week.


Prospective GCSE learners should have a minimum of GCSE grade D/3 or Functional Skills level 1 and must pass a pre-course assessment before starting the course.  If you have been away from education for a while or have no qualifications but are confident in your everyday skills, come and talk to us.  Passing the pre-course assessment is the criteria for being offered a place on a course.  We will take learners for ONE GCSE only.  However, if you are uncertain which GCSE to apply for, you are welcome to sit both assessments to enable you to make an informed decision.

Phone the Adult Education district office on 024 7697 5200 to speak with admin support who will register your intention to join a class OR phone Matt Towner on 024 7697 1093 or via email at matt.towner@coventry.gov.uk from 30 August.

Identity and eligibility criteria needed for enrolment

You will need to prove you are in the country legally (because otherwise, we can’t claim funding from the Government). To do this we need to see some ID.

  • If you were born in the UK please bring your birth certificate, driving licence or passport.
  • If you are an EU citizen please bring your passport/ID card
  • Otherwise, please bring a resident’s permit, passport with visa or whatever documentation you have that shows your resident status.

We will also need your National Insurance Number.

Other maths courses

We also offer Functional Skills maths courses.

Exams for private students

No. We only allow students enrolled on one of our GCSE maths classes to take the exams with us.

Exam board

We use the AQA exam board.