This is a 30 week course and is suitable if you have not yet taken GCSE in Maths or you are looking to improve your GCSE grade from a 3/D to a grade 4 or more. You will need a good standard of Maths already, and above all a positive attitude, good attendance and continuous effort is essential. If you have found the subject difficult in the past and/or you haven’t studied any maths for a long time it may be better to build up your skills and confidence on the functional skills maths course first. This course follows the Edexcel syllabus.
The course content includes:
- Standard Form
- Trigonometry & exact trigonometry values
- Definitions of key mathematical terminology
- Quadratic, cubic & reciprocal functions
- Reverse percentages, inverse proportion and percentage change
If you do not already have a Grade 3/D you will be asked to take an initial assessment. We cannot confirm your place until you have been assessed. If this course is not the right level for you we will refer you to other maths courses. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with Maths Genie (grades 1-2) online.
How much home study will I have to do?
You will need to work for approximately 3 hours per week at home and extra time for revision near the exam date.
Are there any additional costs?
Although this is a government-funded course, there is £30 non-refundable administration fee. You will need to buy a text book which the tutor will advise you on at the first class. You will need a calculator and again the tutor can advise on a good one. On the first class please bring pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and paper. Later on you will need a protractor, compasses, scientific calculator and the textbook.
What will the course enable me to achieve?
You can achieve a GCSE in Maths. Students enter on the Foundation level which gives them the possibility of a 5-1 grade (equivalent to C-G).
How will I be taught?
The teaching will be fairly formal but with the emphasis on building on the knowledge you already have. As much time as possible is set-aside for discussions and practising new skills in class.
How will I be assessed?
There are three exams in May/June, each one being 1 ½ hours.
After completing your GCSE you may like to consider progression to other appropriate courses. Please ask for advice and guidance if required.
Where to go when you get here
WEDNESDAY EVE- When you arrive for your first class please come to the Student Centre which is next to the Sports Centre reception. A member of staff will show you to your class.
FRIDAY - When you arrive for your first class please come to the main College Reception where our staff will be able to direct you to your room.
Please park using the entrance on Whites Road. The postcode for this entrance is SO19 7NS. We hope that there will be sufficient parking and would ask that you park considerately.
Refreshments are available from the college centre.