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GCSE/Functional Skills Maths (Fast Track)

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Job opportunities after this course: 

Achieving a Functional Skills or GCSE qualification is a stepping stone into many types of education and employment. Many universities requires you to have at least a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification 4 in GCSE to be accepted onto a graduate course. Similarly many employers now require you to have some level of Maths qualification to demonstrate you have the necessary number, reasoning and problem solving skills needed in the work place.

Overview of the course: 

The course is delivered in class-based taught sessions, supported by use of our online learning environment (Moodle). Different modes of attendance are available for Functional Skills and GCSE. The GCSE route is delivered as a 5 hours per week programme until summer, with the aim of sitting an exam during the summer period. The Functional Skills route is taught as a Fast Track programme; this includes 25 hours of class-based delivery and 20 hours self study over 2 weeks to sit an exam at the end of 2nd week.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements to the course but your acceptance for either Functional Skills or GCSE will be based on assessment results that you will be required to sit on enrolment.


You will study Maths which includes both theoretical knowledge and practical development of your skills in main areas: Numbee, Data Handling and Shape and Space and Algebra (only for GCSE)

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed in a final exam but formative assessment will take place throughout the year to assess and track your progress. Also this will help you prepare for your final exam.

Further study options after this course: 

After successfully completing the appropriate level you can progress onto the next level.

Length of the course: 

Various. Please check on enrolment


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*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 Jun 2018 13:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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