Maths higher GCSE

Course Dates: 01/11/21 - 30/05/22
Time: 17:30 - 21:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
Are you excited by the language of Maths? Do you want to understand how numbers, symbols and formulas enable us to identify and solve problems as well as 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 activities. 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 week, but approximately every third week.
You MUST have passed the Maths GCSE (Introduction) course (see website) and completed a pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this GCSE 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.
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 and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AC202

Mon+Thu, eve, 01 Nov - 30 May '22

Duration: 37 sessions (over 31 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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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. (Please note the Thursday classes are not every week, but approximately every third week).

This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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?

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?

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. If you don't already have a GCSE English qualification, you might like to conider preparing for that next

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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