This course aims to develop the understanding of number, statistics, algebra and geometry in order to successfully solve written problems and calculations. Efficient and effective scientific calculator use will be developed along with written calculations, solving equations, interpreting data and communicating mathematical knowledge.
At the end of the course, assessment will take place with 3 exams, resulting in a formal GCSE qualification.
The course comprises of 6 areas of course content:
3) Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4) Geometry and measures
Within these, some of the topics covered include:
· Statistical graphs and charts
· Statistical calculations, including averages and frequency
· Probability and use of tree diagrams
· Calculations involving numbers of all sizes
· Fractions, decimals and percentages
· Ratio and proportion
· Speed, distance and time
· Algebra: expanding brackets and factorisation
· Linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations
· Indices and standard form
· Properties of shapes and angles
· Perimeters, area and volume
· Using trigonometry and Pythagoras’ Theore
All learners thinking of joining the Maths GCSE course will be assessed prior to enrolment to determine the most suitable level of the course.
The course is ideal for students who have recently attained a grade 3 or D at GCSE or Level 2 functional skills, or are working at this level. However, if you have no prior qualifications you may still be eligible for the course – please contact us for assessment.
You will need to be confident with most of the following:
· Basic number work, including decimals, percentages and fractions
· Basic understanding of shapes, perimeters, areas and volumes
· Conversion between units of measure in length, weight and capacity
· Handling data, including working out averages and interpreting and displaying information using different charts or graphs
· Pen, pencil, ruler
· Lined paper
· Ring bound A4 folder
· Geometry set (protractor, pair of compasses, set square)
· Scientific calculator: A Casio is recommended (eg FX83GTX or FX85GTX (approx. £12 available online and in several supermarkets)
· Course textbook: Foundation Mathematics GCSE for AQA Student Book. Morrison, Smith, McLean, Horsman and Asker; Cambridge Press. ISBN 978-1-107-44804-9.
Teaching will include group discussion, individual and group activities, instruction, demonstration, practice questions and the opportunity to ask questions.
The tutor will monitor your understanding during teaching sessions. In addition, weekly homework is set (including online work and quizzes) and marked by the tutor to keep a check on your progress. There will be regular practice exams conducted throughout the year which will be marked by the tutor and feedback given.
Homework will be set weekly and is an essential element. This will be a minimum of 2 hours per week. You will be given support materials or directed to online resources.
Mathematics GCSE is a requirement for entry to further education in some subjects or for some careers. It is also possible to progress to AS or A level providing a suitable standard is reached.