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Qualification:
1MAO GCSE Maths A 
Starts:
2016/2017 
Weeks:
32 
Days:
Wed 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams 
Level:
Area:
Maths, English & Languages 
Course Code:
HDGMA1A 
 
Entry Requirements
The following are examples of likely entry requirements:
  • GCSE Maths (old syllabus); Grade D or below
  • GCSE Maths (new syllabus); Grade 3 or below
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 or 2

Mature students and overseas students will be considered on an individual basis.

Advice will be given by experienced maths tutors to ensure that the course is appropriate for your needs and prior knowledge. You may be asked to complete an initial assessment to see if this course is suitable for you. 
 
 

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

This course is suitable for students who have already achieved either a Level 1 or 2 qualification in Functional Skills Maths, or a grade D or below at GCSE (or equivalent).

How is the course delivered?
The majority of classes are delivered with 2.5 hours guided learning per week. Adult classes will typically be one 3-hour lesson per week, including a 15 minute break.

Various styles of delivery will be used including some formal teaching, group work and individual 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, virtual learning environment and MyMaths (an online portal with various learning resources)
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 4 - 9
  • Foundation Tier: Grades 1 - 5

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, although it is expected that you most will sit the Foundation paper, which now includes work to a 'B' standard under the previous syllabus.

What will I be expected to do?
The structure, content and assessment methods that 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 of scheduled class times)
  • Attend learner support sessions as advised


Key Units

Key Areas of Study

  • Number work
  • Shape
  • Space and measures
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Algebra
  • Data handling
There will be regular tests during the course, as well as a mock exam in order to assess your progression.



Entry Requirements

The following are examples of likely entry requirements:
  • GCSE Maths (old syllabus); Grade D or below
  • GCSE Maths (new syllabus); Grade 3 or below
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 or 2

Mature students and overseas students will be considered on an individual basis.

Advice will be given by experienced maths tutors to ensure that the course is appropriate for your needs and prior knowledge. You may be asked to complete an initial assessment to see if this course is suitable for you. 


Assessment

The GCSE course is assessed by means of three externally set exam papers (each 1.5 hours), which are all sat at the end of the course.

The first paper is a non-calculator, and the other two are sat with a calculator.

The three papers carry equal weighting. The final grade awarded is based on the overall mark gained.



Where does this Lead

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

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


Future Opportunities

GCSE Mathematics is increasingly becoming a requirement for many jobs and higher level education, so obtaining this qualification will offer you a wealth of education/employment opportunities. 


Extra Costs

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


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