Maths foundation GCSE (introduction)

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 26/10/20
Time: 09:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

GCSE Maths is a qualification which show employers and universities that you have a good level of maths as well as effective concentration and study skills. It also demonstrates that you are able to learn and retain abstract concepts. This short course is to make sure you are ready for the full GCSE Maths Foundation programme (AC201) and to ensure you know what to expect from the full qualification, its content and the commitment required for success in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability. Please note the Friday classes are not every Friday, but around every three weeks.

You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course. Contact / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

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This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This course will provide you with an overview of what to expect on the accredited course. You will cover 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.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
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
- Everyday applications of percentages and fractions
- Statistics: an examination of how and why they are used
- Geometry and properties of shapes
- Algebra (linear and quadradic)
- Introduction to Trigonometry.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

identify the course content involved in an intense Maths GCSE
identify the commitment needed to complete the Maths GCSE successfully
identify the level of mathematical skill needed to succeed in Maths GCSE
solve some everyday problems involving percentages and fractions
choose which statistics to use in a given context and how to use them
recognise and state properties of shapes and some geometric principles
use algebraic rules to solve equations and substitute into formulae when required.

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?

The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs, small groups or whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do regular homework of up to 5 hours a week and focus on areas needing improvement. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class. There will be opportunities to share ideas with others and do problem solving exercises.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The most important thing to bring is your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment! You also 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 introductory course you can enrol on the full GCSE Foundation maths course AC201. If not ready for this you may be offered a place on our Get Ready for GCSE which will help you to succeed in getting onto the full GCSE the following year

We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.
For more information contact / 020 7492 2511

Any questions do email: or ring 0207 492 2511.


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