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Mathematics GCSE at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

GCSE Maths is a stimulating and rewarding course that is required by most universities and many employers. Additionally however, studying maths will greatly improve your numeracy which is a life skill that can have profound positive effects for you.

Having high levels of numeracy:

  • Is linked with higher wages
  • Will enable you to make sense of charts and information reported in the media
  • Have financial capability – For example be able to select the cheapest loan, choose the most appropriate savings and insurance products and budget effectively.

Whereas low levels of Numeracy are shown to have extremely detrimental effects:

  • Adults with low levels of numeracy are twice as likely to be unemployed

Currently 61% of adults lack health numeracy skills – which includes for example the ability to understand risks associated with disease, medicinal dosage and to manage their diet.

Entry requirements

Higher tier – You need to have a D already in GCSE maths.

Foundation tier – You need to have an E already in GCSE maths or to have passed a Level 1 maths qualification.

Assessment

Both tiers are taught linearly so they are fully assessed in 1 non-calculator and 1 calculator exam at the end of the year.

Both the calculator and non-calculator papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes. They are both out of 100 marks are carry the same weight towards your final grade.

During the year you will have weekly homework and homework test, as well as half-termly “Tracker tests”. For these assessments you will receive a variety of feedback including written, 1-1 verbal and individualized videos.

Financial information

All students require the usual mathematical equipment such as calculators, rulers, compasses etc.

Future opportunities

As well as learning specific mathematical skills and techniques, studying maths also equips you with many transferrable abilities such logic and reasoning skills, being able to break down complex problems into smaller parts and here in the St Charles maths department you will also greatly improve your confidence and teamworking skills.

GCSE maths is required for almost all university degree courses and is also a requirement for many careers such as nursing, teaching, social work…

Further information

Here in the maths department we have some distinctive features that we are very proud of:

Extensive support programme – Several weekly workshops led by staff. We also select some of our most successful A2 students to be paid to run workshops and mentor other students.

Multimedia feedback – as well as receiving regular written and 1-1 feedback on your work, in the maths department we also use our iPads to assess students work. This means that you will receive individualised video feedback that will be stored online and available for you to access throughout the year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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