Maths higher GCSE

Course Dates: 17/09/18 - 03/06/19
Time: 17:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to Improve your job prospects? Get qualified for teacher training? Help your children with homework? With Higher GCSE, Maths you will study the subject more systematically and extend your analytical skills. The Higher course offers an in-depth look at maths up to grade 9 (equivalent to grade A*). We have now 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.

This course is FREE if you are employed (not self-employed) and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.


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


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I completed GCSE Maths in 2013. As someone who didn't like Maths prior to the course I felt that the course tutor was very sympathetic in his approach. The lessons were very well structured with ample opportunity to practice exam questions. The open sessions on a Wednesday evening provided an excellent opportunity to work on individual areas of difficulty on a one-to-one or in a group setting.
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Review by Thomas / (Posted on 29/07/2017)
Completing a two-year syllabus in one year sometimes left me without enough time to practice new approaches, particularly when it came to algebra, but lecturers were experts in their field, the course had a clear structure and the support I received was first-rate.
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Review by RK / (Posted on 29/07/2017)
It was difficult finding a higher level maths GCSE course and after a short maths assessment, I eventually enrolled for this one. I'm really glad I did as the whole experience surpassed my expectations. As a mature student who hadn't done much maths since school I was nervous about the content and whilst it was challenging and there was a lot of home study the tutor was excellent, working with all students, delivering challenging and engaging lessons that built on our previous learning. All setting us up (hopefully)for exam success. I loved every minute of it and even though it was a challenge the support we all received was first rate. I would Highly recommend to anyone thinking of updating their maths skills or who need a GCSE qualification for further study or employment.
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Review by Jane / (Posted on 28/07/2017)
Excellent teaching. Lovely, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere in the class. Homework always checked, explained and marked. Pre-exam revision sessions invaluable. E-mail contact with teacher throughout the course.
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Review by A-hopeful, but happy with B. / (Posted on 28/07/2017)
If you would like to enrol on a GCSE Maths course but are feeling a bit nervous about it, then stop worrying and look no further as this is the one for you.

This course is well taught in a friendly atmosphere and with great patience, as the teacher calmly and skilfully guides the class through the many intricacies of subjects such as statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

Lesson plans are circulated at the start of each term, so students are well-informed of proposed topics for each class. While the class is taught as a group, the abilities/requirements of individual students are also taken into consideration and supported so that no-one falls behind or feels left out. Students are encouraged to contribute their answers/opinions in class as and when ready, but are never ever forced to do so. The teacher rings the changes by using different teaching methods, e.g. teaching the class as a group followed by students working independently or in pairs/small groups, hence classes are varied and engaging. Lessons are reinforced by the provision of an abundance of work sheets, explanatory handouts, practice questions and past exam papers – plus, of course, weekly homework assignments from the set textbooks.

I would stress that to get full benefit from the course students must be determined to attend every class and to set aside the time required for home assignments as there is a great deal to be covered in only 36 weeks.

This course might be hard work at times (as all worthwhile things are), but it is also very enjoyable and hugely rewarding - and one which I would recommend highly and without hesitation. I only wish I had found it sooner.
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Review by Anne / (Posted on 28/07/2017)

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Course Code: AC202

Mon+Thu, day, 17 Sep - 03 Jun '19

Duration: 45 sessions (over 32 weeks)

Full fee: £449.00
Senior fee: £369.00
Concession: £49.00

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