Mathematics Foundation Level

 Equivalency Testing for Career Development is the examination board and awarding body

Foundation Level Mathematics course is designed for students who need an equivalent qualification at GCSE level. It can be studied over 12 weeks and consists of 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time is four hours per week.

There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

Students should study all the topics on the Equivalency Testing syllabus before booking an examination. Brief details of the syllabus are provided below, and full information can be requested by emailing

Course materials:
Assignment booklet and revision guide.

Course tutor:
Students are allocated a specialist tutor who marks course assignments and gives constructive feedback.Tutor contact is by email only.


The Foundation Level Mathematics examination is 2 hours in duration. It comprises two separate papers, a Calculator paper and a Non-Calculator paper. Each paper is allocated a total of 1 hour. This examination carries a total of 140 marks overall.

Students need to study the full syllabus. It is important to note that completing a sample examination paper is not sufficient revision.

Examination materials:
Pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, pens, working scientific calculator. Online examinations require a PC or laptop with working camera.

Examination grading:
Students need to achieve Grade 4 or higher to pass this examination.
Grade 4 pass (70% to 79%)
Grade 5 pass (80% to 100%)

When can I take the exam?
New dates are added regularly. Check Exam Dates page for availability.


Topics covered in this unit:

Unit 1 – Estimations Sig. Fig. Dec. Places, Prime Numbers and Factors
Unit 2 – Fractions, Stem and Leaf Diagrams and Moving Averages
Unit 3 – Calculations (scientific Calculator)
Unit 4 – Conversions and Ratios
Unit 5 – Percentages
Unit 6 – Angles, Perimeter, Areas and Volumes


Unit 7 – Pythagoras
Unit 8 – Algebra
Unit 9 – Number Patterns
Unit 10 – Graphs
Unit 11 – Statistics
Unit 12 – Probability

Coursework and Examination

Students can choose our combined ‘home study and exam’ option in the core subjects of Maths, English, Biology and Combined Science. This flexible approach means home study coursework can be completed any time, and examinations are scheduled on a weekly basis.

Email to request full details on the subject you would like to study.

Examination only

If you have completed the course, or you want to choose an ‘exam only’ apply here to sit an examination.