Getting ready for maths functional skills (level 2)

Course Dates: 16/02/23 - 23/03/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Do you want to develop your mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions? The Functional Skills Level 2 Maths qualification shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use these to solving complex problems in a variety of situations.This introductory course will make sure you know what to expect from, and are ready to start, the full accredited course. You must pass this course before you can join the qualification course.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
You also need to do an initial 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).

At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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Course Code: AMA50B

Available start dates 

Thu, eve, 16 Feb - 23 Mar '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short application form. We need you to do this to check that the course is the right level for you.
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Any questions? Email us on universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2511

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course will provide you with an overview of what to expect on the accredited course. You will develop your mathematical skills and knowledge in working with the number system, with measures, with shapes and space and handling information and data. You will learn to to recognise and obtain a solution or solutions to a complex problem within and across these areas and make decisions based on your results.

What will we cover?

We will cover a range of topics needed on Functional Skills Maths Level 2 exam course. These will include some of the following. How to:
• calculate with fractions, decimals, percentages and use ratios
• calculate with common measures and across Metric and Imperial systems of measure
• use properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes in calculations, including angles and co-ordinates.
• extract, interpret and construct tables, diagrams, charts and graph and recognise patterns and correlation
• calculate and interpret probabilities, including from group data.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• be ready to join the accredited Maths Level 2 Functional Skills course
• calculate with fractions, decimals, percentages and use ratios confidently
• calculate with common measures and across the Metric and Imperial systems of measure
• use the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes in calculations, including angles and co-ordinates.
• extract, interpret and construct tables, diagrams, charts and graph and recognise patterns and correlation
• calculate and interpret probabilities, including from group data.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

To do this course you will need to have a good level of English, at least Level 2. (see our ESOL provision if you need to work on your English first). The course prepares you for the accredited Maths course. It is not for learners who do not want to do the qualification or already have a maths qualification at that level. You will need to be in class each week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. An initial pre-course assessment is required before being accepted onto this course and passing this course is necessary before going on to the accredited course. Those who have not developed the skills sufficiently will not be referred on to it but recommended other non-accredited Maths courses to develop skills further.

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 in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, 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?

The most important thing to bring is your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment! You will need a pen, ruler, pencil, calculator, lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts, access to Google Classroom and links to useful websites to enable you to extend and practice your skills outside class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If ready, you may move on to the accredited Functional Skills Level 2 Maths exam. If you are not ready for the accredited course we may refer you to one of our non-accredited Maths courses to provide the opportunity to develop the skills you need to work on.

There are many courses you can do before, during or after this course. These include:
• Maths higher GCSE
• Maths foundation GCSE
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to present data for work or study (L2+)
• Becoming data literate: understanding data and how it is presented from pie-charts to bell curves (level 2+)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
• Financial Planning: managing your money long-term

There also many English, employability and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
• Develop your English for the workplace: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Essential digital skills for work (Level 1).

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