Depending on your prior English and Maths attainment, you may need to improve your grade as part of your course. If you achieved a grade 3 (D), you will attend compulsory GCSE or Functional Skills sessions. This is a requirement for all our vocational courses at Confetti.
We have excellent pass rates in both English and Maths and surpass the national benchmark. Our aim is to ensure you achieve higher grade passes in both subject areas to aid you in progression to higher education and employment.
- If you achieved a Grade 3 (D) at GCSE or have passed Level 2 Functional Skills you will be required to study GCSE Maths where you will be supported to achieve a grade 4 or above.
- If you achieved below a Grade 3 (D) at GCSE or have not yet achieved a Functional Skills pass you will be required to study Functional Skills Maths at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2. This will be dependent on your prior achievement. Functional Skills will develop your skills and provide a stepping stone towards GCSE. Once you have achieved a pass at Level 2 Functional Skills you will then progress on to the GCSE course.
At Confetti we use Pearson for both GCSE and Functional Skills Maths. This enables transition and progression between the levels. Sessions are tailored so they are relevant to the vocational course making clear links between the subjects. Developing core skills are vital in supporting your wider studies and assignments on your vocational course.
Functional Skills Resources:
Please ensure you bring the following to your lessons:
- Basic calculator (Functional Skills)
- Casio Scientific calculator (GCSE)
There are 3 core papers for GCSE Maths. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam, whereas papers 2 & 3 are calculator exams.
Entry Level 3 Maths is assessed in class. Should you achieve this within the academic year, you may be given the opportunity to progress on to Level 1.
Functional Skills Maths Levels 1 & 2 are externally assessed exams, both of which are 1 hour and 30 minutes. You are given several opportunities to sit the exams throughout terms 2 and 3. Once you have achieved a level 1, you may then be provided with an opportunity to progress to level 2.