Who is this course for?
Note that you can only enrol on this course once you have had an assessment from an experienced Learn Devon Tutor to determine which course is most suitable for your needs. If you are interested in enrolling on this course please call 01237 472462 to make an appointment.
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 to improve your skills for your own personal reasons.
Please note: Exams will take place at Learn Devon, The Arts Centre, The Quay, Bideford EX39 2EY
What will I be doing? 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. What topics are covered? 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
How will I learn?
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!
How will my progress be monitored?
You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. An individual learning plan will be used to record your targets and achievements.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need basic equipment, black pen, pencil & 30cm ruler, protractor and compasses.
Additionally you will need a GCSE approved calculator (Casio FX 85 is popular).
The text book we recommend that you use is GCSE Maths Edexcel Foundation Student Book – Collins GCSE Maths (9780008113827) – speak to your tutor and we can order at a reduced price.
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. This can be used to predict end grades.
About the tutor
Paul Haines studied as a mature student, gaining a Diploma in Further Mathematics, a BA in Mathematics, Technology and Developmental Psychology from the Open University and a BSc in Mathematical Education from Exeter University. As well as his specialism in mathematics, Paul is also qualified as a teacher of English. Prior to entering teaching, Paul ran an antique restoration and French polishing business in North Devon. Through his work with Learn Devon, previous employment as a lecturer at North Devon College (now Petroc) and at schools and
colleges in North Devon, Paul has gained extensive experience of teaching people who find it difficult to get the qualifications they need at school. “When we are at school there are so many reasons for not learning what we’re supposed to, but when we are adults we can put things behind us and carry on from where we left off. Learning can boost your job prospects, your self-confidence, the way you see the world. We are never too old to learn, sometimes we just need a boost to get us going.”