GCSE Maths and GCSE Maths (Numeracy)
These qualifications are very useful in a variety of careers, developing skills that are highly recognised and valued in the workplace. They are two separate stand alone qualifications, although there are some common elements to the course materials. It is possible to sit both exams, however it is strongly advised to research which strand is the best fit for your individual needs.
- Both qualifications are a one year course for examination in the summer.
- Equal weighting of calculator and non-calculator questions.
- Choice of Intermediate level ( Grades B to E ) or Higher level (Grades A* to C)
Due to Covid-19 we are able to offer online learning through the platform of Microsoft Teams and some limited face to face if required. Support will always be available to ensure you can stay connected, using this amazing digital resource. Those of us that have been using it for a while now can really see its benefits, in our subject area.
There will be regular progress checks through a variety of platforms, including our College Moodle site and MathsWatch which is interactive learning software, giving you work examples and the chance to try questions yourself.
Updated December 2020
No formal qualifications are required, other than the expectation that students complete homework and show the ability to work independently to achieve their goals. It is also expected that students commit to attending all classes.
What are the differences between GCSE Maths and GCSE Maths (Numeracy)?
It’s important to know this at the very start of your course, although if you decide to change strand after a while that’s ok.
- GCSE Maths generally consists of short structured questions. It has more of the traditional elements such as algebra and further geometry and requires a wide knowledge of maths vocabulary. Questions are usually worth a relatively small number of marks.
- GCSE Maths (Numeracy) has more focus on problem solving. Questions generally have more detail and require a good level of comprehension. It tends to introduce more real life scenarios and questions can be worth quite a lot of marks.
Tips for homeworking
Please make sure your device(s) are charged and that your wifi signal is good. A place to sit where you can avoid distractions would also be beneficial to your learning.
To access online learning, you will need to click here - this takes you through to the Staff / Student Portal
You will also need your:
User Name i.e: ABC12345789@stu.gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk
Password (which has been sent to learners via text)
If you are new to the College, you will get a text message with your new username and password to access your online GCSE course. If you did a course with us in 2019-20, please use your log in details from last year. If you have forgotten your password, please contact email@example.com
After you have enrolled you will need to follow the instructions to join the classes via Teams which can be found here:
Students will need a scientific calculator, ruler, protractor and pair of compasses. A course text book is also available. Use of the college Moodle site and MathsWatch is strongly encouraged. Passwords will be provided by your lecturer.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org