Maths; Preparing for GCSE CANCELLED (UC14Q95A)

Develop the Maths skills needed for everyday life, in a small, relaxed class.
This course will start online and continue in a classroom as soon as Covid-19 government guidelines permit

When? Monday, 6:45pm - 9:00pm from 21st September 2020 until 21st June 2021 for 32 weeks.

There are no classes on 21st, 28th December(Christmas holidays), 15th February (Half Term), 5th, 12th April (Spring Break), 3rd May (Bank Holiday), 31st May (Half Term)
Where? Uckfield College, Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3DJ.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £0.00.

How to enrol?

Contact the ACRES office for your enrolment pack to get started. This includes a short assessment for you to complete at home.
Once this has been returned you will be contacted to arrange a friendly online discussion with the course tutor.

Course overview

You will develop the Maths skills needed to progress to taking a GCSE course. Build up good study habits, confidence in your own learning and give yourself a strong foundation from which to achieve your goal.

During the course

This course will start online and move to Uckfield College as soon as Covid-19 government guidelines permit. You will stay with the same tutor for online and face to face classes.

The online element of the course will be taught in real time using a video platform (usually Google Meet), supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time. You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though not essential, we would advise that you create a separate email account for your online learning prior to the start of the course and let the ACRES' Office and your tutor know the address.This will be more secure and also allow you to share your email address with other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

Course dates given are based on usual course situations. Due to the disruption from Covid 19 there may be changes to the dates of national assessments and the end of the course. We recommend that you do not book any holidays and remain available for a further 2 weeks. As soon as the dates are issued you will be informed.

What you already need to know

You do not need any previous experience of studying. This course is designed to equip you with the skills needed to study for a GCSE Mathematics.
ACRES offers a range of courses and you will be assessed and advised which course is most suitable for you.

What you will learn

To prepare for the GCSE, you will be developing your maths skills in three key areas:

- Numbers - up to and including decimals, fractions and percentages
- Measure - working out sizes and amounts
- Data - how to use mathematical information eg graphs, statistics

You will have the opportunity to gain a NCFE L2 qualification that will be assessed by 2 exams.
Your tutor will discuss this with you and advise you of the dates.

How you will learn it

You will study in a mix of situations; tutor led, whole group, paired and individual work. Practical and ILT activities will also be used.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

Pen and paper.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

It is recommended that you spend 1 - 2 hours a week doing home study to practise what you have learnt in class.

What do previous students say?

"The course helped me to get back to learning."
"My teacher at school made me feel I was rubbish, it was the hardest thing I ever did coming back to classes but I have learned loads and I have discovered that I am not rubbish. Thank you for being so patient."
"I really enjoyed the evening classes and they proved to be invaluable preparation for my foundation course." (University student)

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

Maths GCSE, English GCSE and English functional skills courses start in September each year. Speak to your tutor or look out for the next ACRES brochure to find out more.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.