This course aims to enable learners to build on their previous mathematical knowledge and to increase their understanding, confidence and skills set in order to prepare for a GCSE study in September 2019. The course will provide an overview of some fundamental topics covered in GCSE Maths.
To gain a place on the course, all learners are expected to take an initial assessment in maths and English before enrolling on the course. Ideally, this course is for learners who have passed Level 2 Maths Functional Skills or achieved Grade D/Grade 3 in GCSE Maths but need extra support before joining a GCSE course. Learners will be expected to carry out at least 3 hours of independent study every week to cover all the course content.
The main topics that will be covered in this course are: number operations including non-calculator & calculator calculations; properties of numbers; fractions, decimals and percentages; ratio and proportions; simplifying, expanding and factorising algebraic expressions; formulae; linear equations; probability; shapes and their properties.
The course will run over a total of 36 weeks from September to July. Classes will be held once a week and the session will be 3 hours long. This course starts with a compulsory 3 week introductory course, with progression to the main Preparation for GCSE course dependent on learner progress, as well as attendance, punctuality and commitment. Learners will be expected to attend a 1:1 tutorial about once every 6 weeks, either before or after the lesson.
During sessions there will be a variety of learning strategies and opportunities including learning within a group, individual tasks, learning using technology and other activities. It is important that learners attend all sessions and make time to work at home every week in order to prepare, practise and consolidate their learning. The Service has a subscription to Mathswatch and Mymaths websites and its own Learner Zone website for learners to access at home or in a library for practice and revision. It is expected that learners will have easy access to a computer with the internet.
Although there will be no formal exams on this course, throughout the course there will be informal assessments and progress checks.
Learners may progress on to a GCSE course in September 2019.