Mathematics GCSE Foundation

Maths courses at Portslade Adult Learning

These intensive courses will help you to gain a GCSE qualification in Mathematics. You will need a short assessment prior to enrolment

START DATE AND TIME:
Fri, 14th September 2018
0930 - 1230
DURATION:
30 weeks
Code:
FE070
Full fee:
£195
Concessionary fee:*
£10

TUTOR:

Andrew Chinn

Address

TBC

These intensive courses will help you to gain a GCSE qualification in Mathematics. You will need a short assessment prior to enrolment

COURSE CONTENT

Qualification aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics are to enable students to:

● develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
● acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
● reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
● comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • Use a scientific calculator with more confidence.
  • Carry out written calculations using numbers of all sizes to solve problems.
  • Present and interpret data using statistics and graphs.
  • Understand basic algebra and solve equations.
  • Carry out calculations with 2D and 3D shapes.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

The lesson is spilt into three parts. The first hour consists of formal of the more difficult topics within the syllabus. The second hour consists of using sample, mock and past exam materials. The third hour is for support with self-directed study tasks.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A level 2 Functional Skills Maths pass achieved in the last three years provides you with a guaranteed place on this course, as does a GCSE grade D or grade 3 in the last three years.

You must be able to provide your certificate as evidence.

Any learner that is still keen to join GCSE that does not meet the requirements can join a Functional Skills Pre-GCSE class and will be given the opportunity to pass level 2 Functional Skills in November allowing them to transfer to GCSE in the January of the same academic year.

All learners no matter what their prior qualifications are will need to be assessed prior to enrollment. The assessments will be booked for you when you contact us.


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

Progress is checked weekly using MathsWatch, the Virtual Learning Environment and Moodle.

There are three formal mock assessments, one in October, December and February. This helps to determine any additional support needs and to decide upon whether candidates will be sitting the Foundation or Higher Tier.


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

Learners are expected to review their weekly notes and use MathsWatch to secure their learning. Learners are also expected to spend time working on past, mock and sample assessments.

Grade 1, 2 and 3 topics are mainly self-study but opportunities are given in class to support any misconceptions. Learners are expected to spend at least three hours a week on self-study at home.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

  • 30cm ruler graduated in centimetres and millimetres
  • protractor
  • pair of compasses
  • 2 x black biro pens
  • A selection of coloured pens for self-marking
  • Highlighters to traffic-light topics
  • 2 x sharp HB pencils
  • Eraser
  • A Casio fx-83GT PLUS Scientific Calculator
  • A course file with notepad to keep all your work and revision notes in


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Maths GCSE is a requirement for some careers or for entry to further education in some subjects. Unsuccessful candidates will have the opportunity to re-take in November following their summer exams.

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