Making maths easier in the workplace: analysing data, budgets and daily calculations (Level 1-2)

Course Dates: 28/01/21 - 25/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online

How confident do you feel managing data and budgets in your workplace? Do you really know the difference between mean, median, and mode? Are you sure you can work out percentages quickly and easily. Most of us in the workplace are using Excel to do our calculations but how well do we understand what we are doing? This course will help you become a confident maths user at work whether you are responsible for data analysis, budgets or just making everyday calculations such as timetabling.

Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment to make sure this course matches your level. Contact / 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.


What is the course about?

You will work on how to make the most economical way to calculate percentages and understand their implications. You will look at which average is best to use and what is it telling you. You will develop your estimation skills so you are less dependent on a calculator and can more easily spot errors. Different types of data will be analysed and some key terms identified. You will learn how to recognise trends and patterns to help predict the near future, how to create graphs appropriate to your data and what not to do when constructing graphs in Excel. By the end of the course you will be confident that you can handle essential maths at work, knowing why you are doing what you are doing and what the background context is to this maths.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Using the most economical percentage calculation methods
• How to quoting relevant percentages in your analysis
• Calculating different averages, understanding their different implications and deciding which is best in the situation
• Developing your estimation skills
• Correctly rounding numbers - how to do this and why it is important
• Identifying different types of data – numerical and visual analysis
• Making predictions and identifying trends, patterns with graphs
• Constructing effective graphs.

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

• Quote relevant percentages in your analysis
• Calculate different averages, understand their different implications and decide which is best in the situation
• Use your estimation skills to avoid obvious errors
• Correct rounding numbers - identifying how to do this and why it is important
• Identify different types of data – numerical and visual analysis
• Make predictions and identify trends and patterns with graphs
• Construct effective graphs.

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

The course is Level 1-2. This course is for fluent speakers of English. You should be able to use whole numbers up to 1000 and use basic fractions such as halves and quarters. You can already add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers using a calculator, recognise decimal numbers and extract some information from tables and charts.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of maths. You will work on your own and with other students. 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. 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, calculator and lined A4 paper. 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?

You might like to do an Excel course at the same time or afterwards if you don't feel confident with Excel already. You may also be interested in taking your Maths further by doing our Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE maths if you don't already have a Level 2 qualification in Maths. We also have a range of English courses on offer which could develop your writing skills for report writing or to develop your creative writing.
Any further questions do email: or ring 0207 492 2511.


Check your level

Course Code: AMWP02

Thu, eve, 28 Jan - 25 Mar '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £30.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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