This course will help you improve your skills in dealing with money, calculations and measuring by working in a small group and with one-to-one support. You will also be given the opportunity to take a nationally recognised qualification.
What is the Improve your Maths course?
This course is suitable for those who lack confidence in Maths. If you do not have a GCSE in Maths at grade C or above, or a National Test Level 2 qualification, you may be able to attend this course. You will study in a small group at your own pace. The course will help you to improve your skills in dealing with money, doing calculations and measuring. You will work individually on the areas that you find difficult, and will take a nationally recognised qualification, usually at the end of the course.
These may cover any or all of the following:
using a calculator
using metric systems
multiplying and dividing
fractions and decimals
Teaching and learning
You will work in a small, friendly group with plenty of one-to-one support. You will have access to computers during the lessons.
You will be given the opportunity to take a qualification in adult numeracy in either March or May. Please note the exam times are set nationally and are 9.00am for morning exams and 1.30pm for afternoon exams.
This maths GCSE course is a one year linear course where you will be with other adult students who need an improved qualification grade to the one they have already.
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
Numbers and their use in everyday problems
Use of mathematical notation
Simple equations and graphs
Shape and Space
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.
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.
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£200 tuition 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.
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.