We offer qualifications at entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. You can do different sized qualifications at each level, depending on your learning needs. We’re here to advise which qualification is best for you before you start – and make sure you don’t cover what you already know.
Depending on the level, type and size of qualification you’re working towards, you’ll do a variety of online courses, along with some paper tasks too. We’ll put together the right courses from each area to suit your needs and the type of qualification you want to gain. Your maths qualification could be made up of courses in numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, common measure, using shape and space, or handling data.
Here’s a list of modules covered in the course:
A lack of everyday maths skills can really hold you back. This area of your maths qualification takes you back to basics by working with whole numbers – a great first step to number confidence.
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Sharing the bill at an office party, dividing work equally between your team, or working out a 20% discount in the sales – all these use parts of numbers like fractions and percentages. We’ll give you confidence to make your numbers add up.
Shape and space
If you work with plans and diagrams, a good understanding of space and shape will make the task easier. Shape skills can help with everything from using space effectively when you’re packing, to stacking shelves or planning a new room layout.
We all need to measure things every day, from organising your office space and working with money to keeping track of time or measuring food for a recipe.
If you need to read data from bar charts, tables or maps, or get information from a timetable, we can help you develop skills to understand and use data, and create data displays of your own.
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Three years ago, Michael Gove, then education secretary, toughened up the numeracy skills test for aspiring teachers – raising the pass mark, limiting people to just three attempts and not allowing re-takes within two years.
Since then, nearly 2,000 would-be teachers have been prevented from training because of failing the numeracy exam. The test is made up of two parts: the first section includes 12 mental arithmetic questions, which candidates have 11 minutes to complete. They are then given a further 36 minutes to answer 16 written questions covering skills such as interpreting data.
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We challenge you to put your mental arithmetic to the test with these questions taken from sample papers. Scroll down for the answers (no peeking).
Section 1: mental arithmetic
1 In a mathematics exam 3/4 of the total marks come from a written paper and 1/4 of the marks from coursework. In the written paper 1/4 of the marks come from a mental test.
What fraction of the total marks come from the mental test?
2 In a year group of 110 pupils, 66 pupils have school dinners.
What proportion of the year group do not have school dinners? Give your answer as a decimal.
3 During a school trip to Germany, each pupil was allowed to exchange £100 into euros for spending money. The exchange rate was €1.06 to the pound.
How many euros did each pupil receive?
4 All 30 pupils in a class took part in a sponsored spell to raise money for charity. The pupils were expected to get an average of 18 spellings correct each. The average amount of sponsorship was 20p for each correct spelling.
How many pounds would the class expect to raise for charity?
Section 2: written questions
5 To inform her choice of reading materials, a primary teacher looked at the spread of reading ages in her class. The scatter graph shows the actual age and reading age of 21 pupils in the class.
What proportion of the class have the same reading age as their actual age? Give your answer as a decimal to one decimal place.
6 A teacher is planning a group outing to see a play in a nearby city. She has been given details of costs and travel.
There are 25 in the group, including pupils and teachers. A group booking for 25 theatre tickets costs £185.
Return train tickets cost £5.65 each.
How much will each person have to pay for the outing to cover the cost of travel and theatre ticket?
7 For a departmental meeting, the head of modern languages produces pie charts of the GCSE results for the previous two years.
What is the percentage point improvement from 2010 to 2011 for grades A*–C?
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