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Qualification:
1MAO GCSE Maths A 
Starts:
21/09/2016 
Ends:
28/06/2017 
Weeks:
31 
Days:
Wed 
Type:
Evening Course 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams 
Level:
Area:
Maths, English & Languages 
Course Code:
CEGMA1B 
 
Entry Requirements
Due to the wide range of people who attend a GCSE Maths class, it is very difficult to give precise requirements. The following are examples of likely entry requirements: A grade D at GCSE in Mathematics, Adult Numeracy qualification at Level 2. Mature students and overseas students will be considered on their individual merits. Advice will be given by experience maths tutors to ensure that the course is appropriate for your needs and knowledge.
 
 

Maths GCSE

This course is for anyone wishing to improve their mathematical skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification, which is a frequent requirement of employers and an entry requirement for many institutions of higher education.


About the Course

The course is suitable for students who have already achieved level 2 Functional Skills Maths or a similar level.


Key Units

GCSE Mathematics is the assessment of Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum in Mathematics. The course contains work on number, algebra, graphs, shape and space (geometry) and data handling (probability and statistics). Throughout, the course work will be linked, wherever appropriate, to everyday situations.

How is the course delivered?
The majority of classes are delivered with two and a half hours guided learning per week. Various styles of delivery will be used including some formal teaching, group work and invidivual learning. The styles will vary from group to group and from topic to topic and will reflect the nature and preferences of the group.

What support is provided?

  • Regular support and guidance from a mathematics tutor
  • An opportunity to use all the college services including the library and learning centre
Where can I study the course?
Classes are run at Sheffield City College (formerly Castle College), Hillsborough College, Norton College and Peaks Centre plus a few of our community sites across the city.

What qualification will I obtain?
After successful completion of your course you will gain a GCSE in Mathematics. We offer entry at two different tiers to the examination (these have associated grades as indicated below):
Higher Tier - Grades A*,A, B or C
Foundation Tier - Grades C,D and E

A decision about the tier of entry does not have to be made at the start of the course; it is usually made around Christmas time for exams to be taken in the summer. You maths tutor will advise you on the most appropriate tier of entry.

What will I be expected to do?
The structure, content and assessment methods, which will be used, are all designed to give you the best opportunity for success. However, equal responsibility lays with you the student. You will be expected to:
  • Attend all classes
  • Complete all work set. This will require you to complete work outside the scheduled class times
  • Attend learner support sessions as advised

Do I need special equipment?
In addition to writing materials, you will be expected to provide:
  • A scientific calculator - Casio FX83 or FX85
  • Geometrical drawing equipment (ruler, a protractor and a pair of compasses)
  • Purchase of a GCSE maths text book will be an advantage



Entry Requirements

Due to the wide range of people who attend a GCSE Maths class, it is very difficult to give precise requirements. The following are examples of likely entry requirements: A grade D at GCSE in Mathematics, Adult Numeracy qualification at Level 2. Mature students and overseas students will be considered on their individual merits. Advice will be given by experience maths tutors to ensure that the course is appropriate for your needs and knowledge.


Assessment

The GCSE course is assessed by means of:
  • Two externally set examination papers of equal lengths taken at the end of the course. One paper is with a calculator and one paper without a calculator. These two papers carry equal weighting. The final grade awarded is based upon the overall mark gained.


Where does this Lead

There are many possible routes available after successful completion of the course including:

  • Employment
  • AS Mathematics (subject to achieving an appropriate grade)
  • HE Access courses and other Advanced courses
  • Entry onto courses in Higher Education