What is the course about?
The course will enable you 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 (incl. histograms)
- Geometry (incl. circle geometry)
- Algebra (linear, quadradic and area under curves)
- Vectors; solving problems using vectors
- Trigonometry (incl. 3 dimensional trig)
- Velocity/time graphs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- work with numbers with 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 Higher level offering grades 9 - 3. 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 skills input from the course tutor, 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 to practise the skills learnt in class. You should be prepared to spend 4-6 hours a week on study at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Accreditation (exam) cost is included in the course fee.
You will need a supply of A4 paper, pens, folders for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will need to buy a textbook and an appropriate calculator - the 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.
If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Access 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 DO NOT HAVE TO PAY ALL OF THE FEES UPFRONT. YOU CAN PAY IN INSTALMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course can be a self-contained educational experience. Maths GCSE is also a useful basic 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, Maths GCSE 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