september, 2020

2020tue08sep(sep 8)6:30 pm2021tue15jun(jun 15)9:00 pmMATHS GCSE – PEARSON EDEXCEL GCSE (9 – 1) IN MATHEMATICSColeridge Community CollegeDay:Tuesday length of course: 33 evenings, plus 5 Saturdays, plus 20 hours online


September 8 (Tuesday) 6:30 pm - June 15 (Tuesday) 9:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

33 evenings, plus 5 Saturdays, plus 20 hours online


Course details

Brief Description:

Do you need to update your CV? Did you not achieve your Maths qualification through school? Are you 19 years old or over?
The one year course will be taught at Foundation Tier – the funding is given to enable you to gain a grade 4 or 5, within one academic year, (equivalent to the old C grade). General content headings are number, algebra, ratio proportion and rates of change, geometry and measure, probability, statistics.

The majority of the course will cover the Foundation syllabus; the tutor will use Higher Tier extension materials where appropriate and the college offers learners the option to be entered into the Higher Tier exams, however this option requires learners to independently study in their own time.

Please note: as with all new-style GCSEs, grades A* – U have been replaced with levels 9 – 1. There is no tier for English GCSE so all grades are available. A Level 4 is a ‘standard pass’ (equivalent to the old grade C); a level 5 is a ‘good pass’.
Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5. Higher tier: grades 4 to 9.

The course runs the whole year, including school holidays. (A full schedule of confirmed dates will be given on the first session).

Times in 2019/20 to give you an idea of what to expect:

Initial 2 weeks: 10th Sept – 17th Sept (inclusive)
Term 1: 24th Sept – 10th Dec (12 weeks)
Term 2: 7th January – 31st March (13 weeks)
Term 3: 21st April – 2nd June (6 weeks)
PLUS – FIVE SATURDAYs: 12th Oct / 30th Nov / 11th Jan / 8th Feb / 28th Mar
Additional Saturday (as needed/agreed) – Saturday 16th May
PLUS 20 hours mandatory online content

(Funded places are available for learners if certain criteria are met)

The course will be taught as a linear course and certification is available in June 2020. The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers. All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in June 2019. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam; a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

GCSE maths is expected to take between 120 and 140 hours of study – you will attend taught classes for 102 hours, and complete an additional 20 hours mandatory on-line content and the remaining hours are delivered through set homework tasks which will be marked and are a compulsory part of the course. Some of you will need to spend more time self-studying certain topics to bring your skills up to the required level. You are required to have independent study skills, and to set yourself appropriate goals and targets.
To gain an ESFA funded place you will need to complete an assessment of eligibility, undertake an initial diagnostic assessment and are required to complete the appropriate enrolment form. Funding is linked to 90% attendance and completion of the set homework tasks and the end examinations. Failure to meet these criteria means that funding is withdrawn and you will be liable for the full cost of the course. During the first two weeks you will be assessed through the lessons and by homework to confirm that a GCSE qualification is attainable, after this funding will be applied for.
Weekday sessions are 2.5 hours long, Saturdays are 5 hours long.

PLEASE NOTE: GCSE exams will take place during the day at Coleridge Community College. Provisional dates issued by the exam board are: Tuesday 19th May, Thursday 4th June and Monday 8th June. The dates are published by the exam board and all candidates must sit the exam then. Dates will be confirmed at the beginning of the course – expect to book leave / holiday from work / childcare as needed.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

You should have studied Mathematics to Functional Skills Level 2 or have a recent GCSE Grade D (or equivalent).
Please speak to the office if you have O-levels / CSEs or qualifications from outside the UK.
You are required to attend an initial assessment / screening of maths levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone the office on 01223 712340 to make an appointment.

Access Arrangements for Exams / Learning Difficulties

The exam board has very specific requirements for those who need access arrangements for exams (additional time, laptops, modified papers). It is your responsibility to inform us at your initial assessment. Failure to do this may delay the application with the exam board (please note such arrangements are only granted for 3 years).

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the whole year course you will have the opportunity to:
• develop a positive attitude to mathematics;
• consolidate basic skills and meet appropriately challenging work;
• apply mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems;
• think and communicate mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively;
• appreciate the place and use of mathematics in society;
• apply mathematical concepts to situations arising in their own lives;
• understand the interdependence of different branches of mathematics;
• acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively;
• acquire a firm foundation for further study.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment

All learners: Textbook – approx. cost £20 available from
Mathematics for GCSE Foundation level for the Grade 9 – 1 course ISBN: 978-1-78294-438-6

This book will be used throughout the course to deliver the Foundation syllabus, it is essential learners purchase a copy.

There are higher tier resources available from CGP books, should you choose to study the additional topics covered in the Higher Tier syllabus.

You will also need a scientific calculator – suggested type CASIO fx-85GT PLUS approx. £11
You will need a maths set comprising of compass, protractor and ruler etc. but we will discuss this at the first session.

Examination Fees:

Examination costs will be included in the cost of the course.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Notebook and pen, we will discuss which calculator to get.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Progress to a post GCSE course – further / higher education, employment, volunteering or GCE A level.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


Price: approx £730/Funded – Please contact the office on 01223 712340 to book an initial assessment/discuss funding criteria.


Lorraine CarltonI completed a B.Ed in Mathematics at Homerton College, Cambridge in 1989. Since that time I have taught in secondary schools, primary schools, delivered private tuition and following a course of subject specialism in adult teaching have taught Adult Maths classes (both Functional Skills and GCSE) for the past 21 years.


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