Who is this course for?
Please do not enrol online, contact 01395 223851 to arrange to come to the The Kennaway Centre and meet with the tutor.
Complete a friendly skills check with a tutor before enrolling and a chat with a member of the maths team before enrolling. This course is for adults who have not already achieved a GCSE in mathematics A*-C grade. It can help to enhance career prospects, access to higher or further education, support family with their maths skills or improve your skills for your own personal reasons
You will work in small groups to learn and explore mathematical topics and improve understanding. In the classroom you will focus on working with others and questioning concepts and ideas to better understand the world of mathematics, and hopefully, have some fun!
The course follows the syllabus for the foundation tier of Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015). The latest GCSEs have a new grading system from 1 to 9. Your tutor will explain this in more detail.
The new syllabus is split into five distinct areas of study;
• Number – about 25% of the exams;
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change – about 25% of the exams;
• Algebra – about 20% of the exams;
• Statistics and probability – about 15% of the exams;
• Geometry and measures – about 15% of the exams.
Support and feedback
You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. You will use an individual learning plan to record your targets, progress and achievements.
The tutor will provide support and feedback.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need basic equipment, black pen, pencil & 30cm ruler, protractor and compasses.
The text book we recommend that you use is GCSE Maths Edexcel Foundation (9780008113827) – speak to your tutor and we can order at a reduced price.
Additionally you will need a GCSE approved calculator (Casio FX 85 is popular).
There will be a text book that you need to purchase and we can get this at a reduced cost for you.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly homework will be used to practice
mathematical techniques, check understanding
of topics covered and provide feedback on progress.
It is essential that this is completed.
This can be used to predict end grades.
About the tutor
Ellie Crawford has taught in adult and further education since 1997, and has worked for Learn Devon since 2009.
Previously she has taught at the St Loye’s Foundation in Exeter and for Trade Union Education at the College of North East London. During her teaching career she has taught IT, Literacy, study skills and trade union courses, but now works as a Maths teacher which is her favourite subject to teach.
Ellie has worked with learners aged 6 months to 86 years, with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. She has taught in the community and in the workplace, and has even taught on a double-decker bus.
Ellie is passionate about ensuring that her classes are safe, happy places where learners can thrive. She has patience and good humour and wants you to enjoy your learning.
“If you don’t ‘get it’ straight away it’s not your fault. It’s my job to take the time to encourage you to learn in imaginative and engaging ways until you have your own ‘light-bulb moments’. The only ‘stupid’ question is the one you don’t ask: in my classes you can ask as many questions (as many times) as you like.”
Ellie has a Certificate in Education from the University of Plymouth.