Most students undertake the course in order to gain a GCSE in Mathematics for career reasons. Others are motivated by the need to help their children or grandchildren with their schoolwork and some simply want to update their mathematical knowledge.
Are there any additional costs?
Although this is a free course, there is a £50 cost which is refundable for your Student ID that is refunded subject to satisfactory attendance and after the exam has been taken. You will need a textbook which the tutor will advise you on at the first class, and you will also need a calculator and again the tutor can advise on a good one. On the first class please bring a pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and paper. Later on you will need a protractor, compasses, scientific calculator and the textbook.
No prior qualifications are needed but 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 basic maths course first. This course follows the Edexcel syllabus.
There will be an initial assessment for everyone who applies for this course and we cannot confirm your place until you have been assessed. If this course is not the right level for you we do have other maths courses that may suit you.
How much home study will I have to do?
You will need to work for approximately three hours per week at home and extra time for revision when the exam is coming up.
What will the course enable me to achieve?
You can achieve a GCSE in Maths. Learners enter on a Foundation Level which gives them the possibility of a 5-1 grade (equivalent to C-G). Students can be entered for the Higher Level if appropriate.
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 set aside for discussion and practising new skills in class.
How will I be assessed?
There are two GCSE exams in May/June each worth 50% of your overall grade. We use the Edexcel exam board.
After completing your GCSE, if completed at a Higher Level, you may wish to consider moving on to an A Level Maths course.