Course overviewAdult Maths City of Bristol College
We offer a range of maths courses for adults aged 19+ in Bristol.
Everyone is different and therefore has a different starting point. We will work with you to identify the right level course for you.
If you do not have a GCSE Maths qualification Grade 4 (C) or above all our Adult Maths courses are free. Please note, we do not offer courses for students who have already achieved Grade 4 or above.
There are a range of times available (mornings, afternoons and evenings) to help you fit learning in and around work, family and other commitments.
In 2018 the national average GCSE achievement rate, at a high grade, for adult learners studying Maths was 33.2%. City of Bristol College’s GCSE achievement rate, at a high grade, for adult learners studying Maths was 66.3%.
Who is it for?
These courses are for adults aged 19 and over. You should be interested in improving your maths skills.
Please note, we do not offer courses for students who have already achieved Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths.
People study adult maths at City of Bristol College for many reasons. We can help you:
- Improve your maths skills to help your children with their homework.
- Work towards getting to GCSE level standard in maths.
- Progress your career or get into further study.
The course will suit motivated individuals. We expect you to attend all sessions and practice your learning outside of timetabled hours.
You’ll be given an initial assessment to determine your current level of maths.
After your assessment, a maths tutor will meet with you and explain the results, courses available and progression routes. Some people embark straight away on a GCSE level and others at a different level. We always make sure it’s the right pace for you.
What you'll learn
During this course, you will cover a variety of Maths content. This ranges from basic calculations to GCSE level material.
Our experienced tutors will support you to improve your confidence in Maths and reach your goals.
You will need to undertake an online initial assessment that will determine the level of your course. If you have previous qualifications in Maths, you will need to demonstrate that you can work at the level of your qualification and further testing might be required.
Unfortunately, we do not offer our GCSE course to those who are looking to improve their current grade if it is Grade 4 (C) or above.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
There are multiple levels of courses available to Adult Maths learners:
Functional skills (for students working at Entry level 1 and 2)
This 2.5 hour, once-a-week course is assessed by an internal exam. You will work towards an Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3 Functional Skills qualification awarded by Edexcel.
Principles of Maths Techniques (for students working at Entry 3 and Level 1)
This 2.5 hour, once-a-week course is assessed by two online exams, one calculator and one non-calculator. You may be able to join a fast-track version of this course which runs two evenings a week for three hours each session. You will work towards a Certificate in Principles of Maths Techniques awarded by City & Guilds.
Functional skills (for students working at Level 1/2)
This 2.5 hour, once-a-week course is assessed by an exam. This can be paper-based or online depending on your preference. You will work towards a Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills qualification awarded by Edexcel.
GCSE Maths (for students working at Level 2)
This three-hour, once-a-week course is assessed by three exams. You may also study for four hours a week, if you start the course in January. Please note these exams take place on three specific dates in May/June. One is non-calculator and the other two are calculator. You will work towards gaining a GCSE Maths qualification awarded by Edexcel.
Future career and study opportunities
Once you have finished (and depending on the level obtained) you could continue your Maths journey with us. If you have achieved a GCSE you could progress to a University course or access to university course.
If you do not have a GCSE Maths qualification Grade 4 (C) or above all our Adult Maths courses are free.
As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.
If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from Financial Support. You may also ask for more information during your enrolment.
To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.
To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.
Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.
Fees and applications
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