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Everyday maths is a free badged course developed by the Open University as an introduction to Level 1 Functional Skills in maths. It is designed to support you to improve your current maths skills and help you to remember any areas you may have forgotten!

The course will run for approximately 12-weeks. We offer both daytime and evening courses and you have the opportunity to start the programme in either September, January or April.

If you successfully complete the 12-week programme you will receive an Open University statement of participation. You will then have the opportunity to stay on for a further 12-weeks and complete a Level 1 Functional Skills maths qualification.

Studying for a Functional Skills maths qualification is a fantastic way of improving your basic maths skills to benefit day to day life and increase employment and education opportunities. The topics covered will be commonplace in both work and at home and will provide you with the confidence to complete mathematical problems independently.

What can I do next?

On completion of the Everyday maths programme, we very much hope and intend for most participants to move onto the Level 1 Functional Skills qualification.

A Functional Skills maths qualification is recognised by employers, colleges and universities so it has the opportunity to become a positive stepping stone to career progression or further education.

Having a Functional Skills maths qualification will:

  • Improve your career prospects
  • Provide you with the knowledge required to progress towards Level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE maths
  • Improve your educational opportunities.
  • Build your confidence
  • Provide you with the skills to be able to support your children with their studies.

What will I be doing?

The Everyday maths course has four broad sessions covering the following topics: numbers, measurement, data, and shapes and space. There will be plenty of examples to help you as you progress, together with opportunities to practise your understanding.
After completing this course you will be able to:

  • understand practical problems, some of which are non-routine
  • identify the maths skills you need to tackle a problem
  • use maths in an organised way to find the solution you're looking for
  • use appropriate checking procedures at each stage
  • explain the process you used to get an answer and draw simple conclusions from it.

Throughout your time on the Functional Skills maths programme you can expect to cover topics such as:

  • Fractions, percentages and ratios - how to calculate a fraction, percentage or ratio of a given quantity.
  • Area, perimeter and volume - how to calculate the area, perimeter and volume of both common and compound shapes.
  • Metric units of measure - how to convert between various units of measure and read scales to be able to identify different measures accurately.

How will I be assessed?

Regular interactive quizzes form part of the assessment practice on Everyday maths, and the end-of-course quiz is an opportunity to earn a badge that demonstrates your new skills.

From September 2019 Functional Skills maths qualifications will be assessed via two exam papers (weighted as 75% calculator, 25% non-calculator). You will have a number of opportunities to sit these examinations throughout the academic year.

Entry requirements?

None, but on application/enrolment you will be invited to take a maths assessment at the HRC Learning Centre. This will allow our Tutors to assess your current level and will indicate which level of the qualification will be most suitable for you to work towards and any potential support we may need to put in place.

If you'd like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

  • Basic stationary such as a pen, pencil and ruler and notebook.
  • A calculator.
  • Access to the internet at home would be useful as some of the quizzes are completed on-line, but you can always use the computers in the college so this is not essential.

Fee Information

This course is free to enrol onto, however there is a £10 fee to cover the cost of any exercise and text books.

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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