Location Trumpington Community College

Day Tuesday

Start Date 12 September 2017

Time 6.30pm - 8.45pm

Weeks 30 weeks

Price £510 (FUNDED - contact the office to check eligibility)

Brief Description:

The course will be taught both at Foundation and Higher tier in a group setting (content is defined for each tier). General content headings are number, algebra, ratio proportion and rates of change, geometry and measure, probability, statistics.

Last year GCSE maths changed: a new grading structure was introduced, from Grade 9 – 1 (replaces the old A* - G grades)
Learners will take exams (at the end of the course) in either the Foundation tier or the Higher tier.
Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.       Higher tier: grades 4 to 9.

The course will be taught as a linear course and certification is available in June 2018. The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers. All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in June 2018.
Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam; a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

GCSE maths is expected to take between 120 and 140 hours of study – learners will attend classes for 90 hours, the additional 30 – 40 hours is delivered through set homework tasks which will be marked and are a compulsory part of the course. Some learners will need to spend more time self-studying to bring their skills up to the required level. Learners are required to have independent study skills, and to set themselves appropriate goals and targets.
To gain a funded place learners will need to complete an assessment of eligibility, undertake an initial diagnostic assessment and are required to complete the appropriate enrolment form. Funding is linked to 90% attendance and completion of the set homework tasks. Failure to meet these criteria may mean that funding is withdrawn and the full cost of the course would be due.
During the first 5 weeks you will be assessed through the lessons and by homework to confirm that a GCSE qualification is attainable.

Please note: although sessions are offered in the main at 2.25 hours per week (Monday morning) there will be a number of longer sessions delivered on Saturdays during the year – attendance to these is mandatory and counts in the overall % attendance figure.
Full dates for the course will be issued at the first session.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: GCSE exams will take place during the day at Coleridge Community College. The dates are published by the exam board and all candidates must sit the exam then. Students will be advised of the dates at the beginning of the course. Expect to book leave / holiday from work / childcare as needed.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Candidates should have studied Mathematics to Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE Grade D (or equivalent).
It is well suited to those who are seeking to improve on a previous grade of D, or those who have studied Functional Skills up to Level 2. Please speak to the office if you have O-levels / CSEs or qualifications from outside the UK.
All learners are required to attend an initial assessment / screening of numeracy levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone the office on 01223 712340 to make an appointment.

Access Arrangements for Exams / Learning Difficulties:

The exam board has very specific requirements for those who need access arrangements for exams (additional time, laptops, modified papers). It is the learners’ responsibility to provide the college/tutor with an up to date report (not older than 3 months), outlining the specific need and any access arrangements required.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the 30 week course you will have the opportunity to:
• develop a positive attitude to mathematics;
• consolidate basic skills and meet appropriately challenging work;
• apply mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems;
• think and communicate mathematically –  precisely, logically and creatively;
• appreciate the place and use of mathematics in society;
• apply mathematical concepts to situations arising in their own lives;
• understand the interdependence of different branches of mathematics;
• acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively;
• acquire a firm foundation for further study.

About Your Tutor:

Lorraine Carlton completed her B.Ed in Mathematics at Homerton College in 1989. Since that time she has taught in secondary schools, primary schools, delivered private tuition and following a course of subject specialism in adult teaching has taught Adult Maths classes for the past 12 years.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

All learners: Textbook – approx. cost £20 available from
Mathematics for GCSE Foundation level for the Grade 9 – 1 course  ISBN: 978-1-78294-438-6

This book will be used for both tiers for the first term, higher tier learners will additionally work from the CGP Higher tier books (approx. cost £10) – these will be purchased in bulk about October half term, as this will reduce the cost to learners.

You will also need a scientific calculator – suggested type CASIO fx-85GT PLUS approx. £11
You will need a maths set comprising of compass, protractor and ruler etc. but we will discuss this at the first session.

Examination Fees:

Examination costs will be included in the cost of the course.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Notebook and pen, we will discuss which calculator to get.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Progress to a post GCSE course – further / higher education, employment, volunteering or GCE A level.  The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.





  • For full course information:
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*50p charge), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold / are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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