GCSE Maths Foundation Tier

Our guide to GCSE Maths Foundation Tier.

What is Foundation Tier, what can I do with Maths Foundation Tier, and how can I improve my grade?

What is GCSE Maths Foundation Tier?

GCSE Maths Foundation Tier is the lower of two papers that students can choose from when sitting GCSEs.

GCSE Maths Foundation Tier covers a range of grades. The highest grade that you can achieve when sitting a Foundation maths paper is a grade 5 (or C on the old scale).

Foundation tiers have a greater focus on the Number and Ratio topics, whereas Higher Tier has a greater focus on Algebra.

It’s important to consider which Tier will be better for your abilities when sitting GCSE maths.

What can I do with GCSE Maths Foundation Grade?

If you achieve a grade 4 or above at Foundation, you will be able to apply for most jobs, colleges or universities.

If you achieve a grade 3 or lower, you may need to resit to get a higher grade.

Is there a GCSE Maths Foundation Tier Equivalent?

Yes! The Level 1 Functional Skills maths qualification is equivalent to Foundation Maths GCSE.

GCSE can be more difficult to study if you have already existing work commitments or a busy personal life. If you can’t commit to full-time study, Functional Skills might be a better option for you.

Functional Skills Maths helps adults and GCSE pupils improve their maths skills in practical ways. Functional Skills maths exam questions use real-life examples and situations, to make it easier for you to get a higher grade.