Preparation for maths GCSE
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at adults who wish to join a GCSE maths course in September 2019 but have not recently studied maths and wish to brush up on their basic numeracy skills.
It will also introduce some GCSE-specific topics, and prepare learners with the study skills required for the intensive one-year GCSE maths course
You will study number, measure, and statistics. The course will also introduce some simple algebra and geometry.
You will complete a variety of practical investigations, on-line and paper-based exercises, interactive games and other activities.
Support and feedback
Before joining the course, you will have an initial assessment to check what skills you have, and what you will need to develop.
During the course your tutor will check your progress and identify problems you may be encountering.
You will also monitor your own progress through ongoing self-assessment recorded in your learning plan
Additional costs and requirements
You will need pens, pencils and paper, and a folder to keep your work in.
You will also need a few essential mathematical instruments: calculator, ruler, graph paper, protractor and compass. The tutor will discuss these at the first session.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You will be expected to undertake 1 hour per week of home-study. This may be written work or online activities.
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.”