These courses are designed to support adults to build up their Maths skills ready to use them in everyday life and in the world of work. These courses are free of charge to all UK nationals who need them and run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. There are 5 different levels within this suite of qualifications meaning that whatever your starting point, we have the course to help you. We know that many adults within Northamptonshire struggle to manage money, time and everyday calculations for household management. We also know that may parents struggle to help teenage children with the finer points of some of common maths topics; these courses, taught by our specialist adult teachers, will help you to do just that. You may need to up-skill your qualifications to prepare for university; whatever your reason, we are confident that you will find that returning to the classroom as an adult a very different experience than it was when you were younger. Our courses teach you Maths skills within exciting topics that seek to broaden your cultural perspectives and understanding of the modern world. We also embrace technology, both inside the classroom and outside, so that your learning helps you to progress onto your next venture.
Functional Skills Maths at Level 1 or level 2 is a very common entry requirement for many jobs.
What will I study?
Functional Skills Maths at Level 1 or level 2 is a very common entry requirement for many jobs. You will study topics such as:
- whole numbers, learning place value and how to confidently add, subtract, divide and multiply
- fractions, learning easy-to-remember way to break down ratios and solve problems
- decimals, learning how to handle money and other functions of decimals
- percentage, learning how to calculate percentages with ease and accuracy every time
- measurements, accurate measurement
- data handling, analysing data and producing your own tables, pie charts and graphs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you wish to improve your mathematics skills and have successfully completed the taster/starter course.
How is the course assessed?
How assessed This course is assessed through in-class assessments and some exams.
Entry Functional skills courses have in-class assessments. Level 1 and 2 have external assessments that are sat on-site.
You will need to organise and manage an effective storage system for your class notes which will help you to revise. You will need squared paper, stationery and a folder for your work. Your course will involve the use of a tablet or computer and if you have one, you will be encouraged to bring it to class for your study. These will also be available for you to borrow on site. You will also need some maths stationery which will include a scientific calculator at L2 and a basic calculator at Entry levels and level 1.
Attendance to weekly lessons is the number one factor for achievement and as such college expectations are that your attendance to lessons will be 100%. It is also expected that you will be punctual to all of your lessons.
We also know that many adults returning to education worry that they find learning difficult and are concerned that they may have a learning disability such as dyslexia or dyscalculia: our teachers are very supportive and will look carefully at your work and learning traits to support your progress. Where needed, we have an outstanding learning support team that can help provide interventions to make sure that you are not disadvantaged in your work; we will help you to better understand how you learn as an individual learning and demonstrate strategies to help you improve.
Entry Requirements for new students
You must complete an initial assessment or provide evidence of previous achievement in maths. Call our Enrolment team on 0300 123 2344 to book an appointment.