Becoming data literate: making calculations, using percentages, fractions and averages (level 1-2)
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: AMDL01
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
We currently live in a world defined by data, but for many of us it remains a source of confusion. This course will help you understand how numerical data is produced and how you can use it to inform decisions both inside and outside work. You will work on the type of questions you need to ask yourself when encountering or producing data. You will focus on the most essential types of calculations you need at work and in daily life, how to use and calculate measurements accurately, and how to identify patterns in different types of data.. By the end of the course you will be confident you have the mathematical, numerical and analytic skills to calculate data about topics such as finance, time and news information, use and understand percentages and fractions, and identify and present patterns and frequencies.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• identifying what data is, why it is used and what it is used for
• asking the right questions about data to ensure you understand and follow its implications
• understanding and analysing typical data-based problems at work, in the news and in daily life
• making the key numerical calculations needed to produce accurate data for work and home life
• making and using accurate measurements to help understand and act in the real world
• calculating, using and identifying percentages and fractions in different contexts
• identifying and presenting patterns in data such as frequencies, averages and ranges
•creating and interpreting simple charts and graphs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• identify what data is, why it is used and what it is used for
• ask the right questions about data to ensure you can interpret it and follow its implications accurately
• interpret and analyse typical data-based problems at work, in the news and in daily life
• make the key numerical calculations needed to produce accurate data for work and home life
• make and use accurate measurements to help understand and act in the physical world
• calculate, use and identify percentages and fractions in different contexts
• identify and present patterns in data such as frequencies, averages and ranges
•create and interpret simple charts and graphs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is course is aimed at those who are working towards a GCSE level or who have passed a GCSE a long time ago and want to refresh their data and maths skills. You should be able to do general arithmetic with whole numbers and decimals, use simple calculations with fractions and percentages and read basic charts. This course is about how you use and develop the maths skills you have to analyse, interpret and create data.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, ruler, pencil and calculator. You will also need lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts. Google classroom and links to useful websites will be use to enable you to extend and practice your skills outside class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is part of Becoming data literate series. If your skills are sufficient, your teacher will recommend the follow-on courses:
• Becoming data literate: the fundamentals of how to present data for work or study (level 2+)
• Becoming data literate: understanding data and how it is presented from pie-charts to bell curves (level 2+)
We have many other courses your can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• How to think in maths: problem-solving, analysing, making decisions (L1)
• Maths for Life (level 1-2)
• Getting Ready for Maths functional skills level 2 and Maths functional skills level 2
You could do a Digital Skills course or an English course at the same time as this one, or afterwards. Including:
• Digital skills for the workplace: analysing, handling and presenting data with Excel (intermediate)
• Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet
• Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511.