Do you want to know
what you need to know
to pass Maths at GCSE or Edexcel IGCSE?
You’re in the right place!
Grade 4 Essentials for GCSE Maths will boost your confidence and understanding, and leave you feeling ready for just about anything that the Foundation GCSE can throw at you!
It’s ideal for home educators, adult learners, and anyone else who feels they would benefit from a bit of topquality support to give them the best possible chance of that magic Grade 4.
It covers all the topics you need to be comfortable with, in order to be confident of getting a secure Grade 4 – possibly even a Grade 5 – in GCSE Maths.
It’s also suitable for anyone doing the Edexcel International GCSE (IGCSE), since there’s very little difference between the two qualifications at Foundation level. Where there are significant differences, these are highlighted.
The complete Grade 4 Essentials course is divided into four modules:
 Module 1: Number and Ratio
 Module 2: Geometry and Measure
 Module 3: Algebra and Graphs (this module)
 Module 4: Statistics and Probability
… and there’s also a supplementary extension module covering the few Topend Topics that aren’t included in the main course, so that you get full coverage of the entire Foundation Tier.
There’s no obligation to do all of these; you’re welcome to just do the modules that you think will be of most benefit to you personally.
How to use this course
The modules can be completed in any order, but it’s recommended that you start off with Module 1 Section 1, and that you work through the lessons in each module in the order shown – though it’s a good idea to mix up topics and revisit them in between studying different areas (this is called interleaving). You can revisit each lesson as many times as you like.
Each module consists of three sections, and in each section there are:
 multiple video lessons (averaging over 6 hours per module)
 supporting handouts that you can print out (though you can manage without most of them if you don’t have access to a printer)
 quizzes for you to check your understanding
 links to free online resources that you can use for additional practice.
The video lessons include lots of opportunities to practise the skills being taught. To make the most of each lesson you should pause the video when prompted, and try to answer any questions that have been set, before you continue watching to see the solutions. If you’re not able to do the questions straight away then don’t worry, but try to reveal the solutions just a bit at a time, then pause again and make some progress on your own before revealing the next bit. So although the running time of each video is usually between 5 and 15 minutes, if you use them properly then they’ll take you considerably longer.
Once you’ve completed all the lessons, you qualify for a completion certificate, which you can download for free. Since the aim is to build your confidence and skills rather than to hit an arbitrary number of correct answers, completion only requires you to work through all the lessons, not to achieve a particular score on the quizzes. The quizzes are more of a tool for you to check how well you’ve understood and remembered the material.
If you’re confident that you don’t need some of the lessons then have a go at the relevant quizzes first. If you get the questions for those lessons right then you can probably get away with skipping them (though you may miss out on some useful nuggets of information), but if you don’t then it’s definitely worth working through the lessons.
Of course, you will also need to practise exam questions. This course series focuses more on the underlying skills. There are great – and free – collections of exam questions by topic, with solutions, available from Maths4Everyone, SaveMyExams and JustMaths, as well as complete past papers on various sites. For GCSE you don’t just need to stick to your own exam board; questions from all boards are worth doing.
Constructive feedback is always welcome… and, for a limited period, if you like one module enough to leave a 5star review then I’ll give you a code to get another module FREE!
Course Features
 Lectures 41
 Quizzes 11
 Duration Lifetime access
 Skill level All levels
 Language English
 Students 201
 Certificate Yes
 Assessments Yes

Section A1: Algebra basics and techniques
 Section A1: Introduction, printable handouts and other resources
 A1a: Algebra introduction and definitions
 A1b: Common misconceptions in algebra
 A1c: Substituting into formulae
 A1d: Gathering like terms
 A1e: Expanding brackets (single and double)
 Quiz: lessons A1ae
 A1f: Factorising into a single bracket
 A1g: Setting up formulae
 A1h: Solving 1step and 2step equations
 A1i Solving equations with brackets
 A1j: Equations with the unknown on both sides
 Quiz: lessons A1fj
 A1k: Setting up and solving equations
 A1l: Inequalities
 A1m: Changing the subject of a formula
 Quiz: lessons A1km

Section A2: Straight line graphs, quadratics and cubics
 Section A2: Introduction, printable handouts and other resources
 A2a: Basic straight lines: vertical, horizontal and y = x
 A2b: Plotting a straight line graph
 A2c: Finding the gradient of a line
 A2d: Using y = mx + c to sketch graphs
 Quiz: lessons A2ad
 A2e: Equation of a line from its graph, and from two points
 A2f: Different forms of line equation
 A2g: Parallel lines
 A2h: Midpoint of a line segment
 Quiz: lessons A2eh
 A2i: Conversion graphs
 A2j: Graphs for other formulae
 Quiz: lessons A2ij
 A2k: Quadratics: basics and factorising
 A2l: Solving quadratics by factorising
 Quiz: lessons A2kl
 A2m: Quadratic graphs: plotting and reading off values
 A2n: Sketching quadratic graphs
 A2o: Cubic graphs
 Quiz: lessons A2mo

Section A3: Simultaneous equations, Direct & inverse proportion, Sequences
 Section A3: Introduction, printable handouts and other resources
 A3a: Simultaneous equations 1
 A3b: Simultaneous equations 2
 A3c: Simultaneous equations 3
 A3d: Simultaneous equations and straight line graphs
 Quiz: lessons A3ad
 A3e: Direct proportion
 A3f: Inverse proportion
 Quiz: lessons A3ef
 A3g: Sequences you need to know
 A3h: Recurrence relations, or termtoterm definition
 A3i: Arithmetic sequences
 A3j: Geometric sequences
 Quiz: lessons A3gj