What is the course about?
The course is for you if you want to improve your mathematical skills for work, further study or personal development. You will have the opportunity to gain a GCSE Maths qualification. The course follows the AQA syllabus and the qualification is gained by taking exams at the end of the course in May and June.
What will we cover?
- Some of the more everyday applications of the subjects e.g. percentages and fractions
- Statistics: an examination of how and why they are used
- Geometry and properties of shapes
- Algebra (linear and quadradic)
- Vectors; solving problems using vectors
- Introduction to Trigonometry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- work with mathematics with greatly increased confidence
- use maths as a tool to solve problems
- apply maths successfully in everyday situations
- gain a maths GCSE qualification.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Maths GCSE is a level 2 qualification and the course is run at Foundation level offering grades 1 - 5. You will need to show that you have reasonable numeracy skills by completing an initial assessment with Build before you can enrol. Our initial assessment will check if you can do the following:
- Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers
- Recognise basic fractions, calculate fractions of a quantity and combine fractions
- Calculate simple percentages and solve problems with these
- Write large numbers in words and figures
- Round numbers e.g. to the nearest hundred
- Be able to find the area and perimeter of rectangles and shapes made of rectangles
- Solve basic equations with algebra.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will consist of whole group teaching and small group work. There will be group discussion of specific topics, an opportunity to share ideas with others and problem solving exercises. The teaching will be activity based and there will be regular homework assignments. It is an intensive course so you should be prepared to spend 4-6 hours a week on study at home.
Our support department provides support to students with disabilities, dyslexia or mental health issues. Please discuss with your tutor in the first instance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The exam cost is included in the course fee.
You will need a lined A4 pad, pens and a folder for assignments. You will need to buy a textbook and an appropriate calculator. Your tutor will give you details of these in the first class. You will also need some basic Maths equipment e.g. a ruler, a protractor, compasses and pencils.
If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Help with childcare costs is also available. Please note that you can pay your course fees in instalments or in one lump sum.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Maths GCSE is a useful qualification which may be required by an employer. It could give you the confidence to apply for a higher level course in further education, such as an Access to Higher Education programme or an A Level. For anyone wanting to do a B.Ed. degree or a PGCE, a GCSE in Maths is one of the entry requirements.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details