These classes are aimed at students aged 19+ who are seeking a grade 4/5 GCSE in order to progress in their job or to gain access to another course.
This is a Foundation Tier course which will bring your level of maths up to a standard expected by most employers. Some students take this course so that they can help their children with their maths.
This course is free (unless you already possess the equivalent of a pass grade 4 or above in the subject, in which case fees will be £724).
All potential students will be invited for interview and will have to complete an initial assessment to check their suitability for the course.
You will cover work on number, shape, space and measure, geometry and statistics.
You will also develop skills in problem-solving and in recording your work in a clear and logical way.
You will have the chance to apply these maths skills in a wide variety of situations and will gain experience in using maths when making decisions and in explaining the reasons behind those decisions.
There are three examinations at the end of the course. One is a non-calculator exam and the others are calculator exams.
Assessment of your progress is made throughout the year by your lecturer.
There is no coursework for GCSE Maths.
You will be given homework regularly in addition to the work completed in class.
A grade 4/C in GCSE Maths is often a requirement for many courses and careers.
The qualification may help you to move on to other courses such as programmes within higher education.
Former Derby College GCSE student Pavla Kesslerova is travelling to Zimbabwe next month to undertake further research for her MSc Health Psychology course.
Pavla, who is originally from the Czech Republic, graduated from Sheffield Hallam University last year with a first class honour’s degree in psychology.
But the former adult GCSE maths and English student, who studied at the Ilkeston site, believes she would not have “progressed on her learning journey” without Derby College.
Before having her two children, Pavla worked for 10 years supporting young adults with autism, starting as support worker then becoming team leader, deputy manager and ultimately domiciliary care manager.
She said: “After my maternity leave, I felt I needed to expand my academic knowledge and “activate” my brain again. I wasn’t sure how to approach this, though, as I’d become a mother later in life and felt a bit anxious about going “back to school” in my 40s.
But, as soon as I stepped into Derby College in Ilkeston for the initial knowledge test, I felt at ease. I was welcomed and reassured that people in my age group regularly took evening classes with Derby College.”
Pavla needed maths and English GCSEs to study for a psychology degree, plus she wanted to boost her “Maturita”, the Czech equivalent of A levels. The year she spent at Derby College helped prepare her well for university.
She said: “Psychology research is all about statistics, and one needs to be confident in maths before engaging with complicated quantitative research methods. Academic writing is a massive part of the Psychology course; the GSCE in English gave me a great foundation.”
While in Africa, Pavla will be gathering further data for her research project, which centres on gaining a better understanding of vaccine hesitancy.
She added: “I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.”
I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.