Maths for life & work

Maths for life & work
Courses online & in London

These courses help you develop your maths for life and work without the pressure of exams. You will focus on using maths to analyse and solve problems at all levels for everyday life and in the workplace. You will work on interpreting the world mathematically and begin to see that maths is everywhere!

Which course is right for me?

To make sure you book onto the right course, we'll ask you to do a pre-course assessment. You can:

  • Take a online assessment - Choose a course from the list below and on the next page, click on ‘Start Assessment’.
  • Or book a face-to-face assessment - Contact us by email at universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or call 020 7492 2511 for an appointment. Face-to-face assessments take place every Wednesday evening between 6-8pm.

Most of these courses are FREE to most learners. They are either in the City Lit building or live online interactive classes. For online courses, you will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet.

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  1. Maths for life and work (foundation)
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to improve your everyday maths so you become more confident when making calculations with money, understanding figures, charts and graphs in newspapers or measuring rooms? Do you want to achieve a functional skills qualification but are not yet ready? This course will help you with the essential maths you need to participate, fully in society, make progress at work and solve everyday problems. You will learn about whole numbers, decimals and fractions and how to use maths to solve problems involving time, money and measurement. You will learn about the properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and how to read, interpret and comment on information in tables and charts. By the end of the course, you will be much more aware of how much maths there is in everyday life and how maths can help you.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Maths for life and work (level 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you need to improve your maths to become more confident in problem-solving, analysing and making decisions at work and in your personal life? Do you want to prepare for Functional Skills Level 2 maths, but are not yet ready? This course will help you with all of the above and make maths come alive. You will see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in today's society. You will work with whole numbers and decimals, fractions and percentages and recognise the relationships between them. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well learn how to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D and be better able to interpret, discuss and comment on the graphs, charts and tables you see in newspapers, on the internet and at work.



    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If you are told your council tax bill of £725 is increasing by 2% do you know the answer? Can you work it out in your head or do you need to write the calculation down? If you have to convert the size of your room from feet to metres to order carpet, do you know the maths for this? When you look at your shopping list, can you make a quick estimate of the total cost? If the answer to these questions is not a confident 'yes', then this is the course for you. You will develop your number skills so you can be confident in carrying out the most essential calculations involving multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting, using fractions, percentages, ratios and conversions. You will focus on problem-solving with numbers as tools to help you and you will learn the language of maths to help you approach the everyday world with more confidence and skill.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  4. Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you feel overwhelmed by your money situation? Do want to take back control of your spending? The current cost of living crisis makes a basic but thorough understanding of budgeting essential. On this course you will learn about and put into practice the key elements of financial planning and the necessary maths skills. You will develop your own personal financial budget and plan and learn what to include and exclude, how to make the necessary calculations and how to be more successful in managing your money.



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  5. Financial planning: managing your money long-term
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you bury your head in sand when it comes to long-term financial planning? Would you like to plan but are put off by the jargon and the calculations? This course will help you come to terms with the need to plan and think ahead when it comes to money and financial well-being. You will learn about the key aspect of financial planning and what should be involved in your decision-making. You will focus on the distinctions between income and wealth and how changing inflation, interest-rates, taxation and national insurance contributions affect your planning. You will develop your mathematical skills so you feel confident when making these calculations. You will also consider how savings and debt repayments work and the calculations associated with them, including the different types of savings and investments. Finally you will look at different types of pensions and how you can plan for retirement. This is not an advice course. It is a course which will clarify what is involved in financial planning and provide you with the tools to do this.



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  6. Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    What is algebra is? Why is it useful? For many of us, algebra is something that we encountered at school, didn't really understand or see the point of. Yet we actually all use algebra quite frequently in our everyday lives without realising because we need it to solve problems. Problems such as how much money we need to buy groceries, how many bags we need to carry the groceries and how much space we need to put the groceries in at home!



    This course will help you see the value and usefulness of algebra and how you can use it in your personal and work life to make calculations easier and to see patterns. You will start with easier calculations and problems so you understand how algebra works before moving on to more complex uses.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment to make sure this level is right for you. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  7. Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to develop your Maths skills for working effectively as an business administrator or as a general office worker? An administrator has to make many mathematical calculations every day about pay, sales, expenditure, and staff absence. For example, you may need to calculate the area of a venue to look at maximum capacity and work out the most cost effective method of travel to get to there. Or calculate average marketing costs per month. This course will help you develop the maths behind these types of calculations, so you gain all the numerical skills you need to improve your work as an administrator whether this is working on sales, using percentages, or converting between currencies. You will work on understanding the maths beyond Excel formulae as well as how to presenting data effectively to managers and colleagues.



    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    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 want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

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