Resources to help you teach over one year

The collection of resources on this page is designed to help you prepare to teach our GCSE Maths to post-16 resit students. They'll help you to reinforce and develop GCSE Maths skills across all curriculum areas. They have been produced by experienced maths specialist Julia Smith. 

Assessing basic skills

Julia has also put together three sets of basic skills questions to help you identify gaps in students' knowledge of basic maths skills at the start of the resit course.

Getting started

Julia hosted a preparing to teach webinar in autumn 2017: Preparing to teach: post-16 one-year resit

We also have a document with 12 tips for teaching GCSE Maths to post-16 students.

One year route map

Our one-year route map is tailored for resit students and supports the delivery of GCSE Maths 8300 over one year.

This route map is intended as a revision programme for students who have already achieved a grade 3 (or a grade D).

It comprises three 10-week terms, the average schedule within post-16 education, and focuses on the key topics that will help students achieve a grade 4 or better. It builds upon the body of knowledge that students have at the start of the course but does not attempt to cover the whole specification content at either tier. 

Read more in the teaching guide including guidance on:

  • learning hours
  • student mindset
  • strategies for success
  • encouraging independent self-study.

The one-year route map is available in PowerPoint and interactive versions.

Assessment materials

Past papers

Specimen and practice papers

Topic tests

Our Mock exam analysers can be used with our past and practice papers to identify common areas of strength or weakness, and highlight students who might need additional support.  Use them at the start of the course as well as during revision.

Assessment objectives 2 and 3

This GCSE course has greater focus on assessment objectives 2 (reasoning) and 3 (problem solving) than ever before.

Our AO2 and AO3 guidance document helps you understand the requirements for these assessment objectives, and offers further sample questions for extra practice in these key areas.

Revision resources

Case study

Find out how West Suffolk college improved their GCSE Maths resit pass rate and how AQA's one-year route map helped achieve that.

About Julia


"My name is Julia and I have had the pleasure of producing this 1-year Route Map with AQA. My work involves advising and supporting colleges in post-16 maths with ACER in the six counties of the Eastern Region. I am also a Teacher Trainer with Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training, supporting and training new teachers in Secondary maths education. I straddle both Secondary and Further Education with a specific expertise with and interest in GCSE Mathematics.

My authoring work includes Cambridge University Press, BBC GCSE Bitesize, the NCETM, La Salle as well as articles in TES FE and Teach Secondary. I also currently Chair the Board of Governors at Writtle College.

I have been Secondary Magazine Editor for the NCETM, Maths Portal Manager for the Open University and have recently been voted one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers for Further Education by JISC, under the Twitter handle @tessmaths.

Please take time to follow me on Twitter and also refer to my ACER blog and 40 Top Twitter Teaching Tips"        


Please note

  • For full coverage of the GCSE Maths 8300 specification, please consult our Teaching guidance and/or Specification.         
  • Many of the resources in this one-year route map (eg activities, worksheets, topic tests) have been pulled directly from our two-year and three-year route maps. This is because of their suitability and compatibility with the course. They have however been relabelled to ensure they are regarded as separate resources.