Maths GCSE

Arts Centre, Bideford

Who is this course for?

You can only enrol on this course through a friendly chat and skills check with the tutor.

To make a local appointment to confirm which course is most suitable for your needs, please contact Learn Devon Bideford, The Arts Centre, The Quay, Bideford EX39 2EY Telephone 01237 472462 or email

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

All exams will be held at The Arts Centre, The Quay, Bideford

The course will start Tuesday 18 September 6 – 9pm.

Sessions are 3 hours weekly.

There are 4 mandatory introduction sessions totaling 10-12 guided learning hours; this is a requirement prior to access onto the full GCSE programme, which is up to 90 guided learning hours. This will determine whether you continue with the GCSE or move on to a Functional Skills qualification. Dates for some sessions will be agreed within the learning group, to ensure the total learning hours.

Course content

You will develop your skills, learn and explore mathematical topics and improve understanding.

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.
It is essential that you can commit to weekly attendance as well as completing weekly homework, to succeed.

Exam dates

Provisional dates set by awarding body are:

Tuesday 21st May 2019 AM

Thursday 6th June 2019 AM

Tuesday 11th June Friday 2019 AM

All exams will be held at: The Arts Centre, The Quay, Bideford

Support and feedback

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning.  An individual learning plan will be used to record your targets and achievements. These can be used to predict end grades. 

Additional costs and requirements

You will need basic equipment, black pen, pencil, notebook & 30cm ruler. 


We will provide you with a protractor, compasses, calculator and text book for the duration of the course. 

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 you commit to completing this each week as well as any missed sessions. 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.”

Start date18 Sep 2018
End date04 Jun 2019
Start time18:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available