Why Should You Take This Course?
This is a stimulating and intensive course which focuses on the development of mathematical skills through various different aspects of mathematics. The course is specifically designed to meet the needs of the post-16 student aiming for a
grade 4 or better. It is primarily teacher led with three taught lessons per week plus one lesson of independent study to consolidate your learning and for online web-based tasks.
The course starts with a thorough revision of the Number system including place value, decimals, fractions and percentages, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, negative numbers, squares, cubes, roots, index laws, ratio and proportion and using calculators effectively.
The Algebra content covers basic algebraic skills and graph work.
The Geometry content covers angles, transformations, properties of shapes, and constructions.
The Measures content includes using and interpreting maps and scale drawings, and converting between measures.
The Statistics content includes the data handling cycle, designing a survey, extracting data from tables and lists, two-way tables, charts and diagrams, averages and range, interpreting and comparing graphs and charts, correlation.
The Probability content includes the probability scale, finding probabilities, listing outcomes, mutually exclusive outcomes, comparing experimental data and theoretical probabilities, relative frequencies.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed by two examinations in June.
Are there any special expenses?
Students are advised to have their own scientific calculator and a set of geometrical instruments. We also recommend buying a course revision workbook.
What could I do next?
Mathematics GCSE is a highly desirable qualification and is necessary for entry to many careers and courses in Further and Higher Education.