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SfL GCSE Maths Part 1 at Richmond Adult Community College

Course description

This course follows the AQA Higher Tier syllabus 4360. It is a modular syllabus suitable for the post-16 student. The tier of Assessment is A* - D. You will need a sound knowledge of Maths to succeed on this course and you will need to have knowledge of how you learn - your preferred learning style for example - as well as a knowledge and understanding of study skills. There is no coursework; neither does this course include a specific Functional Skills element. This is a busy and comprehensive written examination based course. The course is delivered in two parts; the first is during Term1 and the second is run consecutively during Terms 2 and 3. You must succeed on Part 1 of the course in order to progress onto Part 2. Please note that there is one class per week during term time.

Course content

The Scheme of Assessment comprises three separate units as follows: Unit 1 – Statistics and Number assesses skills in statistics and probability. Some appropriate aspects of Number Theory are also incorporated. Where appropriate these skills are assessed within contexts relevant to everyday life. This Module accounts for 26.7% of your overall final mark and Grade. Unit 2 – Number and Algebra concerns all of the number topics such as the 4 operations, Ratio, Fractions, Percentages and Standard Form of a number amongst others. This unit concentrates on aspects of Number which can be tested without a calculator. It also focuses on aspects of Algebra, such as manipulating and solving equations, wherein a calculator is not required. This Module accounts for 33.3% of your overall final mark and Grade. Unit 3 – Geometry and Algebra assesses the more traditional areas of Mathematics such as Algebra, Shape and Measure. This includes Area and Volume, the Pythagoras Theorem, Trigonometry, Simultaneous Equations, Lines and many other topics which will undoubtedly be familiar to you. The focus is on all of the geometry and measures content as well as areas of Algebra where a calculator is required and graphical methods in algebra. This is the larger Module and accounts for 40% of your final mark and Grade. Your tier of entry on this Module determines your final tier of entry. Please note your tutor will determine your level of entry for this Module. The first part of the GCSE Maths course, Part 1, covers material from Module 1 and Module 3. This section of the course is funded by our main funding body, the Skills Funding Agency, in such as way that provided you meet the entry criteria and in particular the funding criteria, you will not be asked to pay a fee for this Part 1. The second part of the course does have a fee and you are expected to pay this before the start to secure your place subject to you successfully completing the Part 1. You may be eligible for Bursary Support with the fee for this section of the course. Details are available on our web-site or in our Prospectus.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at SfL Level 1 Numeracy as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Numeracy. However, if you have recently (within the last three academic years) achieved a Grade D in GCSE Maths then this will be accepted as an appropriate standard and you will be exempt from the initial assessment. As well as the required level of Numeracy, you should also have language skills corresponding to SfL ESOL L2. Please note these are the Entry Requirements for the Part 1 of the GCSE Mathematics course. You will progress onto the Part 2 of the course if you succeed on the timed assessment(s) which will be scheduled towards the end of Term 1.


For Unit 1, the assessment is managed through 1 x 1-hour written paper; you are expected to use a calculator for this paper. You will sit this exam in Spring 2012 on one weekday. The date and time will be confirmed for you on course. Unit 2 is assessed through one written paper which is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is a non-calculator paper and will be scheduled during June 2012. Unit 3 is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute paper. Each unit exam is scheduled on a separate day in June 2012. You will have the option of re-sitting Unit 1 in June 2012. Your tutor will discuss this option with you as appropriate.

Further information This course may not be set up yet but it will be available in 2012

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Adult Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2017
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