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Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching

Non-accredited award mapped to Level 3 standards

This course is offered at Birmingham Adult Education Service.
This blended learning programme is aimed at teachers and assessors working in the FE and Skills Sector who are involved in the delivery of Functional Mathematics to adults and young people. The course may be studied as an end in itself, or can be used to meet the entry requirements for level 5 diploma courses for Mathematics Subject Specialists. On successful completion you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

You should already possess a level 2 qualification in maths or numeracy, and have some familiarity with GCSE topics such as algebra and trigonometry.

Starts See Birmingham Adult Education Service
Qualification Non accredited, but mapped to NQF Level 3
Entry requirements

Level 2 mathematics qualification.

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0.

Length 8 teaching days (Tuesdays 0930-1530) over 3 months, with an optional workshop & tutorials session.

Please contact Birmingham Adult Education Service, or Steve Pardoe

Venue Birmingham Adult Education Service
Cost For up to date information please contact Birmingham Adult Education service.


The programme consists of a series taught days, interspersed with web-based distance learning, plus an optional workshop/tutorial day. The course aims to build on and develop participants’ existing maths skills, and apply them to solve functional problems in a variety of contexts.

Following an initial/diagnostic assessment, candidates attend 8 taught days which include:

1. Induction: overview of the course, review of initial assessment & further diagnostic activities, completion of ILPs, developing number skills, proportional reasoning, and engaging with problem solving.

2. Data handling 1: frequency distributions, variance and standard deviation, use of Excel for statistical analysis & mathematical modelling.

3. Data handling 2: Grouped frequencies, correlation, probability, analysing data to solve functional problems.

4. Index notation & equations: indices, standard form, linear & simultaneous equations, graphical representations, functions.

5. Linear and non-linear relationships: quadratic factorisation & equations, linear & quadratic relationships, using algebra for modelling & problem solving.

6. Shape and space: properties of shapes, area & volume of 3D shapes, Pythagoras & simple trigonometry, using shape and space to solve problems.

7. Summative workshop: participant presentations, reflections on learning, next steps.


Assessment of knowledge, understanding and application is gathered through completion of two extended functional problem-solving tasks, and a personally selected maths investigation.



Steve Pardoe, Programme Lead