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Maths, numeracy and finance

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Maths is a basic, fundamental skill.

Having improved numeracy skills is essential for everyday life and people who do not have a formal Maths qualification can find it hard to get work or progress in their career.

We offer a variety of maths courses for people aged 19 and over who do not already have a level 2 (GCSE equivalent) maths qualification or who want to learn more about using maths in their daily life.

All of our maths courses are free of charge, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

Visit our support for learners page for criteria details.

Our class sizes are small and we offer personalised support to help learners achieve their goals.

Students who have not already achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE maths will receive additional help to gain this qualification.

One-to-one support outside lessons is also available for students whose learning has been disrupted.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anybody aged 19+ with little or no numeracy skills to develop basic numeracy skills that can be used in day to day life.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to develop basic numeracy skills such as reading , writing and using numbers in everyday life.

It will also support your progression to further learning such as to Next Step Maths , and Entry Level Functional Skills maths courses.

What will the course cover?

The course will help you learn to read and recognise numbers up to 30, use money, tell the time, and use measures in day to day life.

You will learn through fun and engaging activities suitable for your own pace and level.

Additional resources will be available to you via Google Classroom to help you learn at home as well.

Classes are limited to eight, to ensure each learner gets enough help and support.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

At the end of this course, you will be provided with information, advice and guidance on progression courses and other learning opportunities based on your interests and needs.

When you finish this course, you can progress to Next Step Maths and Functional Skills Maths at Entry level.

Where and when will I learn?

Venue  Date / Weeks  Time 
Coleridge Centre  19th September - 12th December, 12 weeks  9:30am - 11:30am 

 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notebook

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected].

 

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ with no maths qualification or a maths qualification below GCSE level.

You will learn the basics across the three main areas of maths – number, measures and data.

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to move on to a higher level.

This is an in-person course taught at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park, Darlington.

Entry requirements

  • Are aged 19 years or older;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

Curriculum intent

The curriculum intent of Functional Skills maths is for learners to gain knowledge, skills and confidence across the three main areas of maths – number, measures and data.

This will lead to an increase in ability to solve mathematical problems. Each level of Functional Skills maths builds on the previous level up to the completion of a Level 2 qualification.

These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you to upskill and gain employment. 

Initial assessments

  • You must sit an assessment to join a maths course
  • Assessments are held every Friday between 1pm-3.30pm at the Coleridge Centre. You can also sit the assessment online if you cannot come in-centre. Assessments are not held on bank holidays or during school holidays 
  • Assessments take approximately 1 hour
  • The level at which you join a maths course is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold
  • You may incur a waiting period in between completing your assessment and starting lessons

Levels

  • Entry Level 1
  • Entry Level 2
  • Entry Level 3

Course content

Entry level

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The use of numeracy in money
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • Measurement - time, temperature, length, distance, weight and capacity
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • The use of perimeter of simple shapes

Time and location

  • You will attend one 2 hour lesson per week at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park, Darlington
  • Maths courses are roll on/roll off - there is no set start or end date and you will work at your own pace
  • Courses are held on a variety of days and times

Equipment

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

Cost

This course is free of charge, providing you meet the eligibility criteria above. If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, you can pay for the course - please contact us on the details below for costs.

Exams

  • You must sit a mandatory exams to achieve your qualification
  • Exams take place at The Coleridge Centre or Bennet House in Darlington
  • Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home or at any other venue
  • Exams for Functional Skills in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. There are no nationally set dates and times for functional skills exams, you will only sit an exam after a period of study when your tutor and yourself mutually agree you are exam ready
  • Maths exams take approximately two hours to complete

Progression

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level in maths which might be a higher Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. You may also wish to join other courses delivered by Learning & Skills across a variety of areas. 

What do I do next?

Please contact us to book an initial assessment on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]and please let us know if you have been referred from the Job Centre.

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who has a maths qualification below GCSE or has completed an Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 course.

This is a higher level course, so you will build on your existing maths skills to increase your ability in solving mathematical problems and boost your numeracy skills further.

This is an in-person course taught at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park, Darlington.

Entry requirements

  • Are aged 19 years or older;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

Curriculum intent

The curriculum intent of Functional Skills maths is for learners to gain knowledge, skills and confidence across the three main areas of maths – number, measures and data.

This will lead to an increase in ability to solve mathematical problems.

Each level of Functional Skills maths builds on the previous level up to the completion of a Level 2 qualification.

These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you to upskill and gain employment. 

Initial assessments

  • You must sit an assessment to join a maths course
  • Assessments are held every Friday between 1pm-3.30pm at the Coleridge Centre. You can also sit the assessment online if you cannot come in-centre. Assessments are not held on bank holidays or during school holidays 
  • Assessments take approximately 1 hour
  • The level at which you join a maths course is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold
  • You may incur a waiting period in between completing your assessment and starting lessons

Levels

  • Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade 1-3 / old graded D-G)
  • Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade 4 / old grade C)

Course content

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Ratio, proportion and scale
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Money and exchange rates
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • The use of averages and probability
  • Measurement - length, distance, weight and capacity
  • The use of perimeter, area and volume of simple and complex shapes, including using formulae

Time and location

  • You will attend one 2 hour lesson per week at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park, Darlington
  • Maths courses are roll on/roll off - there is no set start or end date and you will work at your own pace
  • Courses are held on a variety of days and times

Equipment

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

Cost

This course is free of charge, providing you meet the eligibility criteria above. If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, you can pay for the course - please contact us on the details below for costs.

Exams

  • You must sit a mandatory exams to achieve your qualification
  • Exams take place at The Coleridge Centre or Bennet House in Darlington
  • Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home or at any other venue
  • Exams for Functional Skills in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. There are no nationally set dates and times for functional skills exams, you will only sit an exam after a period of study when your tutor and yourself mutually agree you are exam ready
  • Maths exams take approximately two hours to complete

Progression

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level in maths which might be a higher Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. You may also wish to join other courses delivered by Learning & Skills across a variety of areas. 

What do I do next?

Please contact us to book an initial assessment on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]and please let us know if you have been referred from the Job Centre.

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who struggles with maths and would like to study core maths subjects in small group settings.

Learners on this course already have some basic maths skills, such as counting, multiplying and dividing.

The course covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, and once you have completed this course, you can progress to a Functional Skills Maths course.

This is an in-person course taught at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park, Darlington

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • You should have some basic maths skills, such as counting and multiplying and dividing
  • You must sit an initial assessment before attending the course

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will develop your skills in three basic core maths areas.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover three core topic areas:

  • Whole numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and percentages

What could I do when I have finished this course?

When you finish this course, you can progress to functional skills maths courses.

Where and when will I learn?

Course details to be confirmed for the new term.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected].

What is multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme that is designed to enhance adult numeracy skills for use in daily lives, including finances, budgeting, and time and money management.

Maths is useful to unlock job opportunities or prepare you for further study, but it can help in the day to day too, such as helping children with homework or travelling from A to B.

There are several Multiply courses available and they are for adults aged 19+

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [pdf document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who would like to learn to look after their finances.

You will learn how to start saving, budget your incomings and outgoings, how to improve your credit rating and more.

It is recommended that learners interested in this course have or are working towards an English qualification at GCSE level.

This course will take place online so that you can learn from the comfort of your home.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to equip you with the knowledge you may need to start saving, to budget your incomings and outgoings, prioritise needs over wants, how to obtain finance, how to improve your credit rating and more.

What will the course cover?

  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Spending
  • Financing
  • Repayment plans

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Hear from current and former learners on our Functional Skills courses in the video below.

Need more information?

If you have any queries about our maths courses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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