FAQs

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What is TiME?

TiME stands for Training in Maths and English. It is an online platform delivering blended and online Maths and English programmes for training providers, schools and colleges to deliver preparation for Cambridge Progression, Functional Skills and GCSE English and Maths exams.

There is a focus on communication and employability skills across both programmes.

Courses are built around video stories that provide a narrative framework and drama-based contexts that the learning is hung off.

Is it e-learning or blended learning?

Courses are delivered online with tutor support/lesson plans for two contact hours per week which can be delivered online – in a conference application on the platform - or offline in the training provider classrooms. These courses are designed for blended learning – they are not just e-learning. They require tutors to mark work and to use the live tutor sessions to assess and support the students, rather than present materials.

What qualifications does it support?

The courses are mapped to

  • Cambridge Progression
  • Functional Skills
  • GCSE

The GCSE courses are aimed at post-16 resit students going from D to C and are preparation for the Foundation Tier paper therefore.

Does the platform integrate with our MIS?

Yes: institutions can be set up and students imported via CSV import or API integration. A fee for integration may apply, depending on the MIS.

Can students buy individual access to the courses?

No – TiME is a courseware resource for schools, colleges and training providers, and needs to be delivered with tutor support.

How are the courses structured?

Currently, 5 modules of learning deliver 400 hours of learning at 5 levels. The structure delivers 16 hours of learning per week at 5 levels (E1/2, E3, L1, L2 and GCSE) for 26 weeks, but tutors can roll the units out at whatever pace they see fit, and students can progress at any pace.

What tutor support is available?

A tutor support area of the site is in place with training materials, exemplars, forums, webinars, a live collaboration conferencing facility and direct support from TiME staff.

Support is given for the blended and online delivery, and also for subject help. We are explicitly there to support non-specialists to deliver maths and English to GCSE if required.

Can students take accredited exams on the platform?

No – all accreditation is done externally through normal process, but assessment for learning supports the students’ preparation and helps tutors judge their readiness for examination at the appropriate levels.

Prepare students for national qualifications at all levels to GCSE Develop literacy, numeracy, communication and employability skills in realistic contexts.

Can the courses be integrated into our VLE?

Yes, they can – they’re fully SCORM-compatible and can be bought on the same subscription basis as the platform delivery, with or without the tutor support we deliver as part of the standard package.

Do I have to be an OCR centre to use TiME?

No – you need to be an accredited centre to deliver the qualifications, but not to use the programme. If you’d like further information, please complete the contact form and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively, phone us on (+44) 02476 851509.