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Free online courses for GCSE Maths?

[Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
edited November 2020 in Education and learning
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I did a course at The Source Skills Academy in Sheffield last October, and passed a "Function skills" Maths course which is the equivalent of a D at GCSE level, however these days even entry level Office work requires a C or above in English and Maths, English isn't a problem as I did it at College in June 1996 and got an A from studying Macbeth, but I need to improve my Maths score.

I did enquire about going back to Sheffield College in September but the course isn't funded and I can't afford an expensive course especially when I'd have to pay £300 for the exams.

I've been scouring Google for courses but I can't find any free or funded ones.

Can anyone help?

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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,334

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    Hi @MrAllen1976

    Good for you for wanting to re-sit your GCSE.  A friend of mine did the exact same thing to get her ideal job and had to pay to sit the exam so I get your frustration.  

    I've not been able to find any free online courses but maybe someone else can?

    Also, if you check our activity wall you will see @LuckeeBlackCat1 has left you a helpful message :)
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,730 Disability Gamechanger
    I suppose the question is how much does it cost and would it be a good investment job wise? after all 21 year olds leave uni with a degree but £55,000 worth of debt. Could you get a loan to pay for the course?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • SherryHSherryH Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Have you looked at your local council website to see what adult learning courses they offer?   It may not be online learning, however, in the current climate I think a lot more have offered online options.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

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    Leeds College of Building seem to offer one @MrAllen1976. I don't know how easy that is for you to get to, but perhaps they'll be running it online next September? Other than that, I'm not sure!
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    Leeds College of Building seem to offer one @MrAllen1976. I don't know how easy that is for you to get to, but perhaps they'll be running it online next September? Other than that, I'm not sure!
    Thanks @Tori_Scope but at the moment it'd be damn near impossible to get up to Leeds.

    Do you know if they do the course remotely?

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

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    No problem @MrAllen1976. I don't think the next course starts until September 2021. I imagine all teaching will be online at the moment in line with the government guidelines, but who knows what it will be like by next September! Maybe more colleges will offer remote courses in the future? 
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,127 Disability Gamechanger
    GCSE are not very often funded for mature students they come with a fee 

    Try out future learn or sheffield uni free online courses as mentioned b4 when you asked about other courses 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    janer1967 said:
    GCSE are not very often funded for mature students they come with a fee 

    Try out future learn or sheffield uni free online courses as mentioned b4 when you asked about other courses 
    I did do a course in October 2019 at The Source Skills Academy near Meadowhall, Functional skills level 1, equivalent to a D in GCSE Maths, not bad but these days most jobs ask for a C or above, hence the request to resit a proper Maths exam.

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