What is the course about?
You will work with whole numbers, understand the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will solve problems involving time, money and measurement, be able to measure confidently and convert between units of measurement. You will be able to state properties of shapes, both 2D and 3D, read and interpret information in tables, charts and graphs and be able to construct these yourself. You will apply the knowledge and skills to solving problems in a variety of everyday and work related contexts.
What will we cover?
The course will cover:
-understanding and using fractions, percentages and decimals
-estimation, approximation and rounding
-using negative numbers
-measurement: properties of shapes and size
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, using a range of methods
-add and subtract decimal numbers and check answers to calculations
-recognise basic fractions and calculate fractions of a quantity
-calculate simple percentages
-measure, convert units of measure and work out perimeters, areas and volume
-understand and use negative numbers
-find the mean (average) and the range
-extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
-approximate and estimate numbers
-recognise and work with ratios and scale
-apply the above to real life problem contexts
-understand outcomes and explain results of calculations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for fluent speakers of English. You should be able to use whole numbers up to 1000, add and subtract using 3-digit numbers, estimate calculations, use basic fractions and decimals, and extract information from tables and charts.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be in a supportive group setting, which involves pair and small group work. The interactive whiteboard, Google classroom and handouts from your tutor will help your learning. You will be given homework on a regular basis and your tutor will assess you regularly to see how you are progressing and decide on next steps.
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 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?
After sucessfully completing this course you should be able enrol for AM401B, the next part of the course.