Maths – GCSE
GCSE 9 - 1 (OCR)
GCSE Mathematics develops your understanding of mathematics and gives you the confidence to tackle problems in education, the work place and everyday life. It covers the four areas of study: number, algebra, geometry and statistics, all of which include a functional element.
Why do it?
A GCSE in Mathematics gives convincing evidence to colleges, universities and employers that you are able to do Maths. A Grade 4 in GCSE Maths is a requirement for many jobs and courses. A Grade 5 or even a Grade 6 is often a pre-requisite for studying certain courses or for some professions.
How will I Learn?
The course is delivered through a series of workbooks which cover all aspects of the course. Lessons are generally teacher led and homework is set weekly. There is no coursework.
How is the Course Assessed?
You will be assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year using weekly homework, topic tests and mock exams. You will sit the external exam in May/June, although there is an opportunity to re-sit the exam in November, for a fee, if you sat the exam in the previous summer. The exams consist of three papers (two calculator papers and 1 non-calculator).
What the Students Say
‘We have found Maths much easier to handle as the course is well structured and easy to take in.’
‘Good teaching with help available at all times.’
‘I feel that I have progressed in Maths as this College provides excellent tutors and resources to help students with their studies.’
‘I am enjoying the Maths course. The work is very interesting and is well explained.’
‘The work is broken up into manageable chunks which makes it easier to understand and learn.’
‘I am enjoying the course. The work is very well explained.’
You will need to have achieved a Grade 3 or Grade D in GCSE Maths previously, although we will consider this on a case by case basis.
Other Useful Information
GCSE Maths is an intensive course which demands full attendance. You will need to bring the following equipment to class: pen, pencil, paper, scientific calculator, protractor, compasses and ruler. Your teacher will also recommend books that you can purchase that will support your learning.