September 11 (Tuesday) 6:30 pm - June 4 (Tuesday) 9:00 pm
Trumpington Community College
Lime Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 9FD
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NEXT COURSE AVAILABLE: September 2019. Assessment BEFORE placement is essential - please contact the office on either 01223 712340 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
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 course will be taught both at
Do you need to update your CV? Did you not achieve your Maths qualification through school? Are you 19 years old or over?
The course will be taught both at Foundation and Higher tier in a group setting (content is defined for each tier). General content headings are number, algebra, ratio proportion and rates of change, geometry and measure, probability, statistics.
Two years ago GCSE maths changed: a new grading structure was introduced, from Grade 9 – 1 (replacing the old A* – G grades). You will take exams (at the end of the course) in either the Foundation tier or the Higher tier.
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 dates will be given on the first session).
Initial 3 weeks: 11th Sept – 25th Sept (inclusive)
Term 1: 2nd Oct – 18th Dec (weekly)
Term 2: 8th January – 16th April (weekly)
Term 3: 30th April – 11th June (weekly)
PLUS Sat 25th Nov / Sat 2nd Feb / Sat 16th Mar / Sat 18th May
PLUS 17.5 hours online content
The course will be taught as a linear course and certification is available in June 2019. 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 classes for 102.5 hours, an additional 17.5 hours will be 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 three 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. The dates are published by the exam board and all candidates must sit the exam then. You will be advised of the dates 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 provide the college/tutor with a post-19 report (the most recent one you hold), outlining the specific need and any access arrangements required by the third week of the course.
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.
About Your Tutor:
Lorraine Carlton completed her B.Ed in Mathematics at Homerton College in 1989. Since that time she has taught in secondary schools, primary schools, delivered private tuition and following a course of subject specialism in adult teaching has taught Adult Maths classes for the past 21 years.
Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:
All learners: Textbook – approx. cost £20 available from www.cgpbooks.co.uk
Mathematics for GCSE Foundation level for the Grade 9 – 1 course ISBN: 978-1-78294-438-6
This book will be used for both tiers for the first term, higher tier learners will additionally work from the CGP Higher tier books (approx. cost £10) – these will be purchased in bulk about October half term, as this will reduce the cost to learners.
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 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.
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.