Maths Study Skills - Entry Level (E3/L1)

This course will be delivered online.

This is a non-qualification course. You will get a College Certificate on successful completion of the course.

This course provides you with a stepping stone to enable you to progress onto the next level of Maths and/or onto a Maths qualification.

This course will provide you with an opportunity to recap and consolidate your Maths skills at either Entry 3 or Level 1, or you may want to brush up on your number skills for further training or work.

Course Content

In term 1 you will study number skills. In term 2 you will study data handling. In term 3 you will study measure, shape and space.

The maths skills you will study on number will include -
Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction

The maths skills you will study on data handling will include -
Handling Data Probability
Handling Data Statistics
Collect and Use Data
Extract and Interpret Data

The maths skills you will study on measure, shape and space will include -

When you come along to your first class you should bring along an A4 writing pad, a black/blue pen and some other coloured pens (though not red!), and a calculator. From the first class you will be working on sums so it is better to bring these resources with you to each class.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This course is appropriate for people who have established Maths skills at Entry Level 3 and English at Level 1 in speaking and listening, reading and writing.

You will be invited for an interview and as part of the interview process you will be given some feedback on your Maths and English skills. It will be really helpful if you can bring along any Maths certificates that you may already have.

If this course is not the appropriate course for you, then you will be given the opportunity to enrol on a more suitable course.

You may need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information –
• You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
• You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
• If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
• It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
• Please note, if required, we only allow one re-sit attempt at these screening assessments

First Class Requirements

Pen and paper

Assessment Methods

This is not an exam based course. Your maths skills will be assessed and developed through a folder of work and the use of an ILP (Individual Learning Plan). Your evidence, or work, - which you produce as you progress through the course - will be gathered in and marked by your tutor.

The tutor sets and marks your work.

Further Study Options

On successful completion and achievement of all three terms of this course, you can apply for a place on Functional Skills Maths or a L2 Maths Course.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.