Maths higher GCSE

Course Dates: 02/11/20 - 31/05/21
Time: 17:30 - 21:00
Location: Online

Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas allow us identify,solve problems and find patterns and structure in the world. This course will extend your analytical and problem-solving skills and help you develop logic to plan and manage other projects. A Maths GCSE is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities and by achieving it you will enhance your job and education prospects. Please note the Thursday 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 universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is for anyone who already has a good level of Maths but wishes to develop this to GCSE level and gain the qualification. The Higher course offers an in-depth look at maths up to grade 9 (equivalent to grade A*). The course follows the Edexcel syllabus and the qualification is gained by taking exams at the end of the course in May and June.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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...

- gain a Higher maths GCSE qualification
- work with mathematics with increased confidence
- use maths as a tool to solve problems
- apply maths successfully in everyday situations.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an accredited GCSE course at Higher level offering grades 9 - 3. It is not for learners who do not want to do a qualification. You need to have Maths at least at Level 2 Functional skills in order to be able to complete the course in one year. You also need to be able to commit to attendance every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course. Those who do not yet have the required skills will be referred to the ‘Getting Ready for Maths GCSE’ course or other suitable courses. Our initial assessment will also 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 compound shapes with rectangles
- Solve basic equations with algebra.

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)

You will need to buy a textbook and an appropriate calculator. Your 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 and pencils.
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). Help with childcare costs is also available. Please note that you can pay your course fees in instalments or in one lump sum.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

A Maths GCSE is often be a requirement for certain jobs. Obtaining this qualification may also give you the confidence to apply for a higher level course in further education, such as an Access to Higher Education programme, an A Level or a vocational qualification.

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


Any questions do email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511.

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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, eve, 02 Nov - 31 May '21

Duration: 37 sessions (over 31 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
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