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Mathematics GCSE

Course level: 
2
Qualification type: 
GCSE
Subject area: 
Maths
Awarding body: 
AQA
Advanced Learning Loans Eligible: 
No

What is the Mathematics GCSE course?

This Maths GCSE course is a one year linear course where you will be with other adult students who need an improved grade to the qualification they have already.  No recent experience is required, although it is preferable for you to have achieved a grade D in Maths GCSE or equivalent.

If your Maths is very basic or you lack confidence you should consider enrolling for the ‘Improve your Maths’ course first.

The main aim of the course will be for students to gain a C grade (grade 4 / 5 in the new grading structure *) and thus the focus of the teaching will be at Foundation tier.  You may wish to do the Higher tier, to gain up to A* (grade 9 in the new grading structure), but this will require extra study in your own time, using internet-based learning and other resources.

If you do not already have a Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics you may be able to get your course free. Please contact Adult Education on 01420 592210 for the appropriate forms rather than using Online Enrolment.

* the new grading structure will be used from September 2017

Course topics

  • Numbers and their use in everyday problems
  • Use of mathematical notation
  • Simple equations and graphs
  • Shape and Space
  • Symmetry
  • Area and volume
  • Statistics and probability

Teaching and learning

Each week you will be taught in a classroom environment which will include time spent working on exercises from a text book, worksheets or past examination papers in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere.

You will also be expected to spend up to three hours a week on work set by the tutor, some of which will be done online. Your tutor will require you to complete any unfinished exercises you started in the lesson.

Assessment details

There are two external examinations in May/June, one calculator and one non-calculator.

The last opportunity (for adult students) to sit the old-style GCSE will be summer 2017.  From November 2017, adult students will be sitting the new (and harder!) GCSE Maths, with grades 1 to 9 replacing grades G to A*.  You would then have to aim for a grade 4 or 5 in June, equivalent to a C or C/B grade. 

This is funded as an examination based course and students should expect to enter the examinations.

Progression

To Further and Higher Education and help gain employment or training.

Costs included

£200 tuition fee.

Examination fee.

NB: If you do not already have a Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics you may be able to get your course free. Please contact Adult Education on 01420 592210 for the appropriate forms rather than using Online Enrolment.

Extra costs

A scientific calculator (such as the Casio FX-83GT+ or Casio FX-85GT+, both about £10), textbook (approximately £20), A4 file, writing materials and lined (or squared) file paper to be brought to the first and subsequent lessons. You will need a geometry set, including a ruler, protractor, compass, pencil and rubber. It is also essential that students buy a Maths Revision Guide, a Revision Workbook and an exercise book; these can be purchased at a discounted price of approximately £10 via the College’s Online Store. The cost for these Student Course Materials also covers numerous hand-outs, worksheets and ICT resources.

Notes

Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on College closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found in the Adult Student Handbook http://www.altoncollege.ac.uk/adult-education/adult-student-handbook or on the General Information page http://www.altoncollege.ac.uk/adult-education/general-information 

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