1-year Route Map

Our Route Map, tailored for re-sit students and the delivery of GCSE Maths 8300 over one year, has been produced by experienced maths specialist Julia Smith. 

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"        



  • Students who have already achieved a D grade GCSE (or lower) in year 11 are currently required as a condition of funding to re-sit GCSE in post-16 education. These students already have achieved a D grade so this Route Map is intended as a revision programme.
  • It comprises three, ten week terms which is an average schedule of time within post-16 education.
  • The focus within this Route Map is on the key topics that will help students achieve a grade C or better, or push them above the threshold in the new GCSE. It builds upon the body of knowledge that students start off with but does not attempt to cover the whole specification content at either tier.  

Please consult the full Rationale document here. A PowerPoint version of this Route Map can be found below. The Interactive Route Map version is also available.



  • The content/skills highlighted in this Route Map are based on Julia’s experience and knowledge of the key topics for high student performance.
  • This Route Map does not contain all of the specification content for GCSE Maths 8300. For full coverage, please consult our Teaching Guidance and/or Specification document.         
  • Many of the resources in this 1-year Route Map (e.g. Activities, Worksheets, Topic Tests) have been pulled directly from our 2-year/3-year Route Map. This is due to their suitability and compatibility with the course. They have however been relabelled to ensure they are regarded as separate resources.