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Mathematics – GCSE

This is suitable for students who wish to develop their understanding of Mathematics and gain a GCSE Mathematics grade C. You need to have a good grasp of basic Mathematics and must be prepared to complete work at home. Many students find that a recent pass in a level 2 Skills for Life qualification is good preparation for this course, especially if they haven't studied Maths for some time. The course is for students who wish to obtain a qualification in Mathematics. Consequently, all students on this course will be expected to enter for the assessment. Initial assessment: You will be invited to an introductory evening to find out more about the Mathematics qualifications available. At this session, you will have the chance to discuss your personal needs and will have a short skills check. As a result of this, you will be offered a place on the most appropriate maths course for you to follow, either GCSE or a Skills for Life course. You will not be able to enrol on to GCSE Mathematics without attending an introductory evening.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry qualifications, but the skills check will test your maths skills and then we will suggest the most appropriate course for your success.

Course Content

The one-year course follows the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) 4365 syllabus. The subject content is organised into three broad areas:

– Statistics and Number – including topics such as fractions, decimals, percentages, measures, time, money, averages, interpreting and representing data, averages and range, ratio and proportion.

– Number and Algebra – including topics such as algebra, fractions, decimals, equations, inequalities, indices and formulae, sequences, proof, co-ordinates and linear graphs.

– Geometry and Algebra – including topics such as angles, measurement, triangles, constructions, loci, equations, formulae and proof, quadrilaterals and other polygons, units and scale, perimeter, area and volume, reflection, translation and rotation, circles and cylinders, quadratic graphs, Pythagoras’ theorem.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught in classes of approximately twenty students and is structured towards the Foundation tier and obtaining a grade C. You should expect to spend 1 – 2 hours a week on private study. You may be offered the opportunity to study at the Higher tier (working towards the range of grades A*-C), depending on your skills check result and a further assessment of your ability to undertake the higher tier syllabus.

How will I be assessed?

By written examination. There are two papers, one non-calculator (1 hour 15 minutes, worth 40% of the final grade) and one calculator (1 hour 45 minutes, worth 60% of the final grade).

Will I need any extra equipment?

A scientific calculator, pair of compasses, protractor, pen, pencil, writing paper etc. Details of text books will be given at the introductory evening.

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE in Mathematics.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Grade C in GCSE Mathematics is a minimum requirement for some degree courses and for many jobs and training courses.

GCSE Advanced Mathematics or Use of Mathematics may be studied by students who achieve at least a grade B.


Course Information

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

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