Maths GCSE Part 1 Foundation Tier

This is the first part of the GCSE Maths course. This part runs from September to December. You are expected to attend all of these classes.

This course is linked to the Functional Skills Level 1 Maths qualification. As well as covering GCSE Maths material during this course you will prepare for the Level 1 FS Maths assessment. You must take this formal assessment towards the end of this course in late November.

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

The aim of your study is to develop confidence and competence in the content and to be able to apply it flexibly to solve problems.

The material within these units will enable you to prepare for the Functional Skills Level 1 Maths examination. You will be shown how to access practice tests through Moodle.

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto this GCSE Maths Part 1 course you need to have established Maths skills at Level 1 as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based screening assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths. 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/Grade 4 or above (you need to bring evidence of this).
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 Maths Part 1 course on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 1 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 the course.
It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
If you have sat the gcse maths examination recently (2016 or 2017) and gained a Grade D/Grade 3 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 all examinations. There are 3 Saturday classes. You must attend all of these. Please see FAQs.

Assessment Methods

The Level 1 Functional Skills Maths is assessed through a 1 1/2-hour exam which you will take using a computer. You will be given a choice of morning/afternoon/evening sessions to take the examination. This is the only examination you undergo on the GCSE Maths Part 1 course. You must pass this assessment before you can progress onto the GCSE Maths Part 2 course.

Further Study Options

Subject to completing the requirements of Part 1, you will progress to GCSE Maths Part 2. A Pass 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 Part 2 course is free to all learners who do not already have a GCSE Maths at grade A* - C or Grade 4 to 9