Fast track GCSE maths


Who is this course for?

Real-time teaching in an online environment. To be able to take part in online learning you will be sent a Zoom invitation with your access code. You will require a PC with camera and microphone.

This course is for adults who have not already achieved a GCSE in mathematics or wish to improve their grades. It can help you enhance your career prospects or provide you with a qualification needed to access higher or further education. It can also help you support your family with their maths skills or improve your skills for your own personal reasons.

Our classes are small and welcoming, you will work with others and on your own. You will be taught by supportive and friendly tutors who provide lots of practical help and guidance. The course is usually free of charge* and available in centres across Devon during the daytime or in evenings, so you can fit study around your own requirements.

*This course is free if you do not have a GCSE maths qualification or are looking to improve a D grade equivalent or below. To improve grades of C or higher the course needs to be self-funded.

This is a fast track course and you would need to be able to commit to 2 x 3 hours of classroom teaching per week plus homework.

Course content

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

The latest GCSEs have a grading system from 1 to 9. Our curriculum follows the foundation tier of Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015), which only covers grades 1 to 5. For more information on this visit the GCSE website or speak to our team.

The curriculum is split into five distinct areas of study:

•Ratio, proportion and rates of change
•Statistics and probability
•Geometry and measures

Support and feedback

Our tutors are supportive and friendly, and they also work with our learning support assistants who are at hand to help you with any learning difficulties or disabilities you may have. Your progress will be tracked, and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning. Using a tailored learning plan our tutors will provide you with feedback to help you achieve your learning goals and predict your end grade.

Additional costs and requirements

We will supply you with all the textbooks, protractor, calculator and compasses you will need during your course. You should bring along basic equipment such as a black pen, pencil, notebook and 30cm ruler.

In order for you to achieve as best you can, it is essential that you can commit to weekly attendance as well as completing weekly homework. Homework will be used to practice mathematical techniques, check your understanding of topics covered and provide feedback on your progress. It is essential that you can commit to completing this each week as well as any missed sessions.

Your first four sessions will determine whether you continue with the GCSE or move on to a Functional Skills qualification.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

To achieve your learning goals, we will encourage you to do weekly homework. This will help you practise and enhance your progression.

About the tutor

Robert Atwill joined Learn Devon in June 2019 and teaches Improve your maths, GCSE and fast-track maths courses from the Alexander Centre in Tavistock. Robert graduated from the University of Plymouth with a Batchelor of Education degree in 2003 and completed his Master of Education degree in 2010. Since gaining Qualified Teacher Status, Robert worked in primary education for ten years, specialising in maths and ICT. He became a private tutor in 2013, working with learners of all ages – concentrating mostly on the 11+ exam and GCSE study. Since 2016 he has also worked with the Oasis Project in Plymouth delivering functional skills Maths qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2 to adults.

Start date20 Jan 2021
End date20 May 2021
Start time10:00
End time13:00
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