Maths plays a vital role in modern life and is an important ‘life skill’ in itself. Many employer surveys highlight the shortage of job applicants with adequate maths skills and a significant number of careers now demand a proven, certificated ability in maths as a basic entry requirement. Maths qualifications are increasingly needed for entry to academic, vocational and professional courses - ranging from the sciences to financial services, nursing and paramedical courses. Whatever your study or career plans, a qualification in maths provides you with improved job prospects and will also develop a broad range of additional skills, such as problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. The awarding body for the course is Edexcel.
- Course Information
The course covers a wide variety of topics building on:
- number skills
- using and applying maths
- shape, space and measures
- handling data.
You will work individually, in pairs, small groups or as a whole group. In order to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught, you will need to do at least 3 hours of directed study in your own time.
- Equipment Required
For this course:
- a scientific calculator is required. A Casio FX83GT Plus is recommended
- old specification past exam papers will be available on the College VLE
- you may find it useful to purchase a textbook (this will be discussed by your tutor during the course)
You are advised not to purchase any of the above until after the first session.
- Entry Requirements
You will need to take a Skills Check to assess the current level you are working at. This may reveal that it is in your best interests to guide you towards a different course which will more effectively meet your needs. In this case, you will be provided with full advice and guidance.
- How will I be assessed?
The maths qualification consists of three exams which are held during the day, usually at the beginning of June. The first exam paper will need to be done without the use of a calculator. Sample papers will be provided by your tutor and old specification past exam papers will be available on the college computer based VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
- Progression Pathway
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a GCSE Maths qualification, which will allow you to apply to a range of higher level studies.
- Health, Safety & Well-Being
Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.
Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.