Introduction to Maths higher GCSE
Time: 17:30 - 21:00
GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths skills, concentration and study skills. It also shows that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts.
Please note the Thursday classes are not every Thursday, but approximately every third week.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
You must take a pre-coursel assessment face-to-face or online. Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name). Or Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511.
At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself..
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AC20C
Duration: 8 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will provide you with an overview of what to expect on the accredited course. You will cover and practice some of the topics on the GCSE syllabus, become more aware of the commitment of attending every week and the time, means and dedication required to work outside the classroom. You will also become familiar with our use of Google Classroom for communicating and submitting homework and assessments, as well as communication with fellow students and your tutor
(Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but approximately every third week).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Some of these topics will be covered on this Introductory course
• 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...
You should have learned how to carry out the skills above and be able to use these in real life situations such as
• Comparing interest rates and choosing the best savings account
• Interpreting statistics in the media and the visual representations of data around you. Be able to comment on these and draw conclusions from them
• Using algebra to convert a problem into letters and numbers to enable you to manipulate and solve it
• Developing your appreciation of the physical world through the study of geometry, shapes and trigonometry, and understanding the importance of these topics in for example architecture and art
You should also be able to
• identify the commitment needed to complete the Maths GCSE successfully
• identify the level of mathematical skill needed to succeed in Maths GCSE.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This introductory course is at level 2. You need to be working at that level and score well on an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course . You will also need to be able to show that you have the commitment to attend every week and to work outside the classroom as required to cover the work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of maths. You will work on your own and with other students. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to bring a lined A4 writing pad, pen and a folder for assignments/handouts. You will need to buy a textbook and an appropriate calculator. Your tutor will give you details of these in the first class. Some basic Maths equipment will be needed e.g. a ruler, a protractor, compasses and pencils. Access to a computer is required as Google Classroom will be used on the course. 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).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
After successfully completing the Higher Introductory course you can enrol on the full GCSE Higher maths course, AC202. If not ready for this you may be offered a place on one of our GCSE Foundation courses, or our Get Ready for GCSE which will help you to succeed in getting onto the full GCSE the following year.
There are other maths courses you can do before, at the same time or after the GCSE. These include:
• Getting ready for maths GCSE
• Core Maths (level 3)
• Getting ready for Core Maths (level 3)
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to present data for work or study (L2+)
• Becoming data literate: understanding data and how it is presented from pie-charts to bell curves (level 2+)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
There also many English, employability and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact email@example.com / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Professional communication skills: reading, analysing, and comparing data and text (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Essential digital skills for the workplace: Word, Excel and PowerPoint (foundation-level 1)
• Essential digital skills for work (Level 1).