Here are some ideas for improving your maths in other ways. You can use the Challenge to check your skills and to prepare for these other courses.
Finding a college/course
Use these links to find colleges and courses near you:
Types of courses
Functional Skills Maths
Functional Skills qualifications focus on problem-solving and help learners use maths in everyday situations.
At your local college/sixth form.
Functional Skills Maths qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you boost your CV or move on to further study.
Functional Skills courses are free to UK residents. Check your local college for more information.
Colleges often refer to Functional Skills courses by a different name. For more information contact your local college.
GCSE maths develops learners’ abilities to solve mathematical problems. The course focuses on developing the confidence to use, apply and talk about maths
At your local college.
GCSE maths is nationally recognised and valued by employers.
Check your local college for more information.
Both Foundation and Higher GCSE courses are available.
Other maths course at college
Learndirect Everyday Maths - Learndirect everyday maths courses are free and focus on how to apply your maths skills in a practical way. The courses begin in Learndirect centres with an informal, face-to-face chat. Learning is then continued at home or wherever you have access to the internet. Support is available throughout the course. Learndirect courses are nationally recognised qualifications, awarded by City and Guilds. Learndirect centres are located all over England and Wales. Find your nearest centre here. Find out more by watching this video.
Different colleges offer a variety of courses. You may find your local college offers:
- Maths through language - for students whose first language is not English
- Pre-Access maths - for students looking to go on to do an access to further education course
- Maths through IT - for students who would like to brush up both their Maths and IT skills
- Pre-GCSE - for students who want to build up their background knowledge before going on to a GCSE course
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Good for those who prefer learning in their own home with 1-to-1 help.
If you want to go for a qualification you and your tutor can decide together which one is best for you.
It varies, but mostly £10 to £30 per hour.