Maths for life (level 1)

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 31/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

Become more confident using maths in your everyday life. This course will help you understand and use maths in your daily life so that data, graphs, charts and other mathematical representations come alive. You will begin to see how mathematics is everywhere and you will develop the maths you need to participate, make progress and express yourself in a modern society, without the pressure of an exam. You will work with whole numbers, recognise the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers and work with percentages. You will work on problem-solving involving time, money and measurements, as well as be able 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 you see in newspapers and online.

Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. 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?

This course is about making sense of and using the maths in the world around us. 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, interpret and comment on 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.

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?

The course will cover:
-problem solving
-understanding and using fractions, percentages and decimals
-estimating approximating and rounding
-using negative numbers
-measuring: properties of shapes and size
-handling data, including interpreting and commenting on graphs you meet in newspapers and online.

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

understand the skills below and be able to apply these to your everyday life.
-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,interpret and comment on 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 some 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. An interactive whiteboard, Google classroom and handouts from your tutor will help your learning. You will be expected to do homework regularly so your tutor can assess you, see how you are progressing and decide on next best step for 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?

After sucessfully completing this course you should be able move on to the next part of this three part course.
You could do a Digital Skills course or an English course at the same time as this one.
For more information contact / 020 7492 2511.


Check your level

Course Code: AM401B

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 13 Jan - 31 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

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.
Why do I need an advice session?

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