Maths foundation GCSE

Course Dates: 17/09/18 - 03/06/19
Time: 09:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to Improve your job prospects? Get qualified for teacher training? Help your children with homework? With GCSE Maths, you will study the subject more systematically and extend your numerical skills. The Foundation course offers a comprehensive look at GCSE Maths up to grade 5 (equivalent to grade B/C). We have extended the number of teaching hours we provide to meet the challenges of the new GCSE specifications. The fees for this course are to be confirmed. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or [email protected] for more information.


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


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I was very nervous about taking the course but the teacher was very patience and very supportive and knowledgeable, which reduced my fear of maths and allowed me to enjoy class .I would recommend highly this course to anyone who might want to refresh their maths skills.
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Review by Say / (Posted on 22/08/2017)
Finished this course this year. It exceeded my expectations! Being a mature student I had my anxieties and doubts as to whether I was going to make it to the end but with the amazing support and incredible patience of the tutors I excelled and met some lovely people too.
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Review by Faith / (Posted on 10/08/2017)

This course has now started

Course Code: AC201

Started Mon+Fri, day, 17 Sep - 03 Jun '19

Duration: 45 sessions (over 38 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

Call us to check your level and to discuss other suitable courses 020 7492 2511 (depart num)

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.