What is the course about?
This course is for anyone who already has a fairly good level of everyday Maths but wishes to prepare thoroughly before commencing the GCSE course. This course will mirror the accredited GCSE but at a slightly lower level. You will study and be assessed on many of the topics/skills which you will need on the GCSE maths course.
What will we cover?
This course prepares you to study a GCSE maths course. We will cover some of the topics/skills of the GCSE accreditation but in less detail and at a slightly lower level. Which of these we focus on most will depend on the learning needs of students in the group. Some of those are listed below
- Some of the more everyday applications of the subject involving percentages, fractions and decimals
- Using standard units of measure and related concepts (length, area, volume/capacity, mass, time, money, etc.)
- Shapes and their properties including 2D and 3D shapes, properties of faces, plans and elevations
- Introduction to algebra, including substituting into formulae, inequalities and equations
- Recording, describe and analyse the frequency of outcomes of probability experiments using tables and frequency trees.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- start your GCSE maths course with a good foundation
- solve a range of everyday problems using percentages, for examples questions relating to bank accounts and interest.
- calculate areas, volumes, capacity of solids given dimensions or find unknown dimensions given area or volume
-state the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and solids
- substitute into formulae both known and unknown. For example, finding the volume of a cylinder given radius of top and height
- be able to solve linear equations such as 2X + 4 = 4X - 6
- be able to solve basic probability problems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for learners who wish to progress to an accredited Maths GCSE course. You will need to have the Maths skills at least of functional skills level 1 and will need to complete an initial assessment before being accepted on the course. You also need to be able to commit to attendance every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do regular homework and work on specific areas which you need to improve on. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a lined A4 pad, pens and a folder for assignments. You will need an appropriate calculator. Your tutor will give you details of this. You will also need some maths equipment e.g. a ruler, a protractor, compasses and pencils.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Successful completion of the course and achieving the appropriate level in the initial assessment for GCSE maths will mean you can progress to the year long Maths GCSE course.