Village Learning Centre
Preparation for life
09 October 2020
11 June 2021
Friday between 09:30 and 12:30
Between 7 and 16 learners.
NOTE: This course has already started.
Due to the current situation this course will be delivered using a blended learning approach in order to maintain social distancing with small class bubbles. This means that you will be attending centres on a fortnightly basis for face to face tuition with a range of tasks and assignments to complete remotely in between. Remote learning elements will vary from course to course but may include some online learning as well as completion of paper-based activities and research tasks. Your tutor will provide more detail about how blended learning will work for your class during your induction session, the remote learning elements are an integral part of the course and must be completed in full and on time in order for you to progress and achieve.
What will I be learning?
You will be studying all aspects of maths:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Problem solving is integral to this course.
Calculations will be done both with and without a calculator.
You will learn exam techniques.
There is no coursework during this course
Does the course lead to a qualification?
GCSE in Mathematics
The awarding body is AQA and the syllabus is 8300. The course is assessed by taking 3 exams at the end of the course in May/June 2021.
The exams are on fixed dates and there is no option to change the date or time of the exam.
Two tiers are available:
Foundation level will be covered in the classroom but there is an option to achieve higher level through attending extra sessions and extensive self study at home.
Please be aware that the AQA examination board do not issue replacement certificates. You will need to collect your certificates from your most convenient centre.
Who is the course for?
The course is for those who wish to gain a recognised, valuable qualification in Mathematics.
The course content is in-depth and fast paced therefore it is highly recommended that you must have good prior knowledge and skills in some areas of mathematics and in order to check this there will be a detailed assessment at the start of the course.
Everyone has to have an assessment before joining the course.
You must be fully committed to complete this qualification and be prepared to do regular homework and effective revision as you cannot assume that you will pass the exam just by attending the class. Regular attendance is essential and you should plan to do at the very least 3 hours at home a week.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring a ring binder folder, notepad, ruler and pen.
You will need a scientific calculator and a set of mathematical instruments including a protractor, Set Square and compasses for the exam.
Are there any additional costs?
It is strongly recommended that you purchase a book which will be used in class and at home for practice. This will be discussed in class.
There are also other versions available - look for Grade 9-1 Course on any books to make sure the book covers the new syllabus.
How will I know how I am progressing during the course?
At DALS, we use an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set and review targets and provide feedback, enabling continual reflection and evaluation throughout the course. Learners will also receive verbal and/or written feedback on marked work. Learners will use their ILP to help track and monitor their own progress towards set goals, to support personal development and achievement.
Can I have help in the class?
At enrolment, it is important that you tell us if you have a learning difficulty or disability and require support. Learners declaring a support need will be referred for an assessment. If an enhanced support need is confirmed, a Support Package will be offered, to assist your progress in your learning and development, specific to your assessed needs.
How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?
DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes. To find out more, please go to www.derbylearn.net and sign up, it's free and well worth a look!
Progression within DALS
The GCSE course is the highest level maths qualification DALS currently offer. We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes to suit your chosen career path. If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our Helpline on 01332 956565 or DALSenquiries@derby.gov.uk
Health and Wellbeing
The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is: meet enjoy learn achieve .
This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!
We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations. These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact enquiries on 01332 956565 or email DALSenquiries@derby.gov.uk You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.
Village Learning Centre
Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN
Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking
Disabled Access to
Ground Floor only
Disabled Parking available
Staff and learners will need to bring their own refreshments
From the city centre, take A5250 road (Burton Rd),go along to the main crossroads with A5111 (Ring Road), turn left on A5111 Warwick Ave, take 2nd exit (straight over) at roundabout, continue and then take 1st right onto Village St and then we are on the left hand side next to Village Primary School. 01332 956340 or 01332 956565
Arriva No. 7 from the bus station and Arriva No. 5 and 5A from Babington Lane
If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:
Village Learning Centre
Mon - Fri 9 - 5 pm, with late evening session on Weds until 8.30 pm. All visitors to call ahead and pre-book a time slot.
Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN Find Us
Send your enrolment enquiry to DALSenquiries@derby.gov.uk.
For more information about this course, please contact us on 01332 956565.
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