Who is this course for?
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
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).
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.
This can be used to predict end grades.
About the tutor
Debbie Tayler currently works as a Maths English and ICT tutor for Learn Devon and also as a private Maths Tutor with pupils of all ages and abilities. Prior to this she worked as an Analyst/Programmer for some 20 years for the Inland Revenue Nestlé and Chemtura (a multinational chemical company).
During this time she was involved in many successful business system implementations on a variety of platforms from large Mainframe/Unix applications to small PC systems using Word and Excel as well as working in user support and training. Before going into ICT she taught Maths at secondary level.
She always enjoyed supporting and training end users as well as the more technical aspects so don’t worry she won’t try to confuse you with jargon!
Debbie did her first degree in Maths at Southampton University and also has a Masters Degree in Maths and a BSc in Maths and History of Maths and Technology from the Open University. She also has a PGCE in teaching Further Education from Plymouth University.
She is also well aware of the difficulties of juggling work home life and education after her experience of studying with the OU while in full-time employment. Outside of work she enjoys cooking painting and drawing walking her lively Sprollie dog and has renovated several character houses.
I love helping other people to understand and use maths and in getting to grips with ICT. I understand that both of these subjects can be seen as difficult and frightening and get a great deal of satisfaction in helping people to overcome these feelings and learn to enjoy them as much as I do.
Deborah Tayler Tutor Learn Devon.