Vocational Course

GCSE Mathematics

Part-Time

About this course

An assessment is required before you are able to enrol on to this course.

Specification: Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (Linear) (1MA0)

How will I be assessed?

Foundation tier (5-1)

  • Paper 1 - Non calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%
  • Paper 2 - With calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%
  • Paper 3 - With calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%

Higher tier (9-3)

  • Paper 1 - Non calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%
  • Paper 2 - With calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%
  • Paper 3 - With calculator - 1 hour 30 minutes - weighting: 33.3%

The GCSE exam dates are yet to be confirmed but will run from mid-May to mid-June.

It is assumed that students will need to carry out a minimum of 2 hours independent study each week.

What do I need?

Specific Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, although students who already have GCSE grade D (Grade 3), or equivalent, are likely to benefit most.

All students take an online diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic will identify strengths and areas needing support. It may suggest that the part time GCSE course is not suitable.

A student who is in doubt about the suitability of the course should ask to speak to a member of the Maths Department on 0121 602 7777 ext 7544. You may contact the PSD Team (Ext. 7534) if you think that you need other numeracy support.

The diagnostic test is taken during the first week of the course. It takes about 1 hour.

Where can it take me?

Access to Higher Education. AS/A Level Mathematics or Statistics. Also a useful qualification for University courses or jobs.

Additional Information

The highest grade achievable on Foundation is 5. All learners will initially be enrolled onto the Foundation course. There may be an opportunity to study the Higher Tier, on which the highest grade achievable is 9. This is dependent on numbers enrolled and we will not be able to confirm this course until late September.

What do I need for the classes?
Writing materials, paper, maths instruments (i.e. a geometry set) and a scientific calculator will be needed. If you require a calculator you could purchase it through the department. Your lecturer can advise you of which models are appropriate.

If you are eager to get started before then you could purchase a textbook. This is not essential as we will use a variety of resources during the course, but access to a text book, particularly for independent study, will help.

Foundation

  • Pass Edexcel GCSE Maths in a Year (ISBN: 978 0 1991 36377, Publisher: Oxford). (Covers Grades C - G topics) - Cost is approximately £21

Higher

  • Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A Linear Higher Student Book (ISBN: 978 1 84690 083 9, Publisher: Pearson) (covers Grades A* - D topics) - cost is approximately £19.

These textbooks come with a CD-Rom which is a digital version of the book. This offers additional features such as worked solutions.

Who can I contact about the course?
Part Time Admissions on 0121 602 7888

Who is the course leader?
Joy Payne
Email: jpayne@halesowen.ac.uk
Contact: 0121 602 7544

How much will the course cost?

Tuition Fee

Full Tuition Fee - FREE (unless you have already achieved a Grade C)
If you have already achieved a grade C - £811.00