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Maths GCSE Online
Qualification:
1MAO GCSE Maths A 
Starts:
17/09/2016 
Ends:
03/06/2017 
Weeks:
32 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
Maths, English & Languages 
Course Code:
COGMA1B 
 
Entry Requirements
We expect students progressing from school to have a grade D in GCSE Maths. Adults with no previous qualifications in Maths, or a Numeracy / Functional Maths qualification, are welcome to apply. We require all applicants to complete an online application form and an initial assessment so that we can assess whether the course is suitable for them. We may advise studying Functional Maths first, if appropriate, before progressing to GCSE Maths.
 
 

Maths GCSE OnLine

GCSE Maths is a one-year course beginning in September and ending with the exams in June the following year. You are expected to study for at least six hours each week for the duration of the course.


About the Course

GCSE Maths is a one-year course beginning in September and ending with the exams in June the following year. You are expected to study for at least six hours each week for the duration of the course.


The course is divided into weekly topics, for example, Angles, Percentages, Probability, and follows the Edexcel GCSE Maths Specification A syllabus. It is suitable for students who wish to study for the examinations at Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.



Key Units

Course content


You have access to very clear, detailed and well-organised resources. You belong to an online class with a dedicated tutor who gives you all the support you need to help you succeed. Your tutor contacts you each week and guides you through the materials that you are required to study in order to complete each topic. Each topic includes exercises so that you can practise your skills.

Each week you take an online test to check your understanding of the topic. Every three weeks you complete a written assignment which checks your understanding of the topics covered previously. Your tutor marks your completed assignment and returns it to you with detailed feedback and advice.

Assessment

There is no coursework in this syllabus. There are two exams (calculator and non-calculator), each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes, held on separate days at the beginning of June, at Sheffield City College.





Entry Requirements

We expect students progressing from school to have a grade D in GCSE Maths. Adults with no previous qualifications in Maths, or a Numeracy / Functional Maths qualification, are welcome to apply. We require all applicants to complete an online application form and an initial assessment so that we can assess whether the course is suitable for them. We may advise studying Functional Maths first, if appropriate, before progressing to GCSE Maths.


Assessment

Exams




Future Opportunities

The course will enable you to prepare for a higher level study, such as Access courses, and improve your job prospects. At the end of the course you will be expected to sit a nationally recognised exam.


Tell Me More

You will need

  • Suitable Maths skills - our application form and initial assessment will help us to assess this
  • Adequate study time (at least six hours per week) for the duration of the course
  • Regular access at home and/or work to a reliable computer with Internet connection and a printer, preferably with scanner
  • Good IT skills and confidence in the use of technology 
  • A personal email account 
  • Students aged 14-16 must have the support of a responsible adult
  • Any other information


Will the course suit me?

The online GCSE Maths course is suitable for you if you do not have a grade C, or if you already have a C but need a higher grade, for example, to progress to a higher education course.  It is also suitable if you find it difficult to get to a traditional classroom-based course and feel comfortable studying online.

The online GCSE Maths course offers you flexibility. You can study at times that are convenient for you, as long as you stick to the weekly course calendar. You need to be disciplined and motivated in your approach in order to keep to the deadlines and achieve success in your exams. You are expected to do a substantial amount of work on your own and need to set aside approximately six study hours per week. 


Fees

The fee for the course is £330 and includes the exam entry fee.

You are required to sit two exams, held on separate days at the beginning of June, at Sheffield City College. If, due to exceptional circumstances, you are allowed to transfer to another exam centre, you are required to pay a £75 transfer fee to The Sheffield College, together with any administration/invigilation fees charged by the transfer centre.


What you will do each week.

Each week your tutor will direct you to work through a particular section of the online resources. The online resources are written to a very high standard. They have been specially designed for this online course and cover everything you need to know to be successful in your studies. They can be accessed through Moodle, which is a learning platform. When you have completed key pieces of work you will send your work to your tutor who will mark it and offer you feedback and advice on how you can improve. For other pieces of work you will be directed to the answers and be able to check your work for yourself. Your tutor will always be there to help you if something is not clear or if you need support.


Online study is not for everyone
You will be working through online materials on your own but with good support from our tutors. We have a better than average success rates for online students.


Those who enjoy it say they do so because 

  • They can learn in their own way
  • They often have excellent relationships with a tutor who guides them through the course materials and explains things to them individually
  • They are free to choose any time in the week to study, so they can fit in study between work, caring for children and other commitments
  • They are very used to using computers and technology and have good access to broadband and relevant software (Word, email etc)


We expect regular study because:

  • For most, gaining a good grade in GCSE in one year demands regular study, including regular practise
  • Sending your work in regularly means that you can put into practice any tips or feedback the tutor may have to offer
  • The relationship with the teacher is at the heart of our course.  Teachers will understand if there are genuine and unforeseen difficulties, and help to guide students through them and to catch up, but cannot be expected to cope with receiving no work for 3 weeks and then 4 weeks work at once

Online study can be an enjoyable and rewarding way to learn and it will also help you improve your online and IT skills.