Maths GCSE Intensive

This is an intensive course of preparation for the GCSE Maths exams in May/June. It runs from January to early June. Attendance is required on 5 Saturdays (dates tbc) as well as each Monday evening.

Course Content

This GCSE Maths Syllabus is the same for all Examination Boards. It comprises six main areas:

Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Geometry and measures
In addition to this subject content, students should be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.
A stronger emphasis is now placed on mathematical problem-solving. This needs good literacy skills as marks are awarded for communicating reasoning, method and conclusions

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto this GCSE Maths course you need to have established Maths skills at Level 1 as a minimum. You may need to sit a computer based screening assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths. However, if you have recently achieved a qualification in Maths at Level 1 or above or have studied on a higher level qualification which included a Maths element and you can evidence this, then you may not need to sit the screening assessment. As well as the required level of Maths, you should also have language skills corresponding to ESOL Level 2 as a minimum. This can be evidenced through the initial screening or a GCSE English grade C or above or a higher level qualification from a nationally recognised university or FE college. Please note that you should bring along copies of your qualifications to interview.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information –
• The entry requirements for the GCSE Mths course on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
• You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
• You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
• If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on this course; the tutor will discuss other options with you

If you have sat the gcse maths examination recently (2015 or 2016) and gained a Grade D please let us know when you contact us to arrange an interview and bring your certificate along to any interview or Open Day.
• It would be good to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview.
If you have sat the GCSE Maths examination recently (2015 or 2016) and gained a Grade D please let us know when you contact us to arrange an interview and bring your certificate along to any interview or Open Day.

First Class Requirements

You should bring your textbook and writing materials to every class.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential. Please be on time for each session. When you sign the learning agreement with the college you are agreeing to attend each week, be punctual and sit the examination. Please see FAQs.

Assessment Methods

There is no coursework or controlled assessment for GCSE maths. All exams are taken at the end of the course. You can enrol to take part in the Mock Exampreparation day on 6/5/2017. Please see the college webiste for further details of this course.

Further Study Options

A high grade (Grade 4 or above from this year) in GCSE Maths is an entry requirement for a significant number of HE courses and in particular Teacher Training courses. It is also required by a significant number of employers.

Additional Information

You will need to purchase the textbook for the course. This is AQA GCSE Maths published by Collins ISBN-13:978-0-00-759743-7 price £19.99

You are expected to have a standard Geometry Set, a 30 cm Ruler, an A4 writing pad, a ring-binder or folders as well as pencils, a rubber and a highlighting pen. You will also need a Scientific calculator – preferably one of the Casio FX series which will cost about £10.00.

Please note that the GCSE Maths course is free to all learners who do not already have a GCSE Maths at grade A* - C or pass at level 4.