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18th January 2021

How GCSE maths can help you earn a mint in lockdown

It’s time to dust off those GCSEs and earn yourself a pretty penny by tutoring online.

The third UK national lockdown has spelled unwelcome news for parents who have been thrust into home-schooling for the second time in 12 months, but it’s good news for tutors. Demand for online tutors has increased 214% in the week following the latest lockdown announcement, with parents all over the country looking for ways to ensure their kids don’t fall behind a second time. And it turns out millions of us are qualified for the job; all you need is access to broadband and your GCSEs!

Websites such as MyTutor.com have hundreds of tutors on their books, teaching everything from the core subjects, to languages, such as Arabic and Mandarin, and everything else in between like design and tech, geology, music and even zoology. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a degree or teaching qualification to get started. In fact, you can start passing on your knowledge with just your GCSEs. Sounds ideal to us.

Table showing the earnings of tutoring specific school subjects.

English, maths, and science tutors are the most in demand at the moment, with parents looking for ways they can ensure their children are covering the core subjects – even in lockdown. And it turns out, maths geniuses have the highest earning potential as online tutors, with the average mathematics tutor earning over £2,800 per month. That equates to a little over £34,000 per year, before usual tax and deductions.

Those with GCSE qualifications can teach up to KS3 with A*/A grades (or equivalent). If you have a higher-level qualification, you can teach the level below your highest qualification, subject to specific terms. Once you have been tutoring for a while and collected several great reviews, your earnings can creep up dramatically. The highest earners on the MyTutor platform can take home more than £4,800 before tax.

Make sure your internet is up to scratch

Aside from a GCSE minimum, you will of course need a great internet connection to start online tutoring. If you’re struggling with your current internet provider, find common issues and how to fix them here.

Not sure what kind of broadband you need? Check out our broadband guide.


We analysed over 2,000 listings from the site MyTutor.com to work out the average hourly rates charged by tutors around the UK. Average prices are based on 500 listings from each subject. Price data is accurate as of January 2021.

214% increase is from Google search volume predications dated 14.01.21.