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Basic Maths for the Unemployed


English and Maths

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



6 weeks



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Course Overview

Math skills can be a good indicator of logic, reasoning, and general aptitude. A lot of jobs explicitly require math skills in day-to-day functions, including cashiers, analysts, bank tellers, engineers, and more. In the digital age, however, mathematical, and statistical literacy is increasingly important in many fields, and a basic understanding of math can have wide ranging benefits for employee productivity overall.

What will I learn?

What basic math skills are required by most jobs?
What are basic math skills?

- Fractions and decimals
- Visual representation of data
- Solving for an unknown
- Giving presentations
- Calculating salary and raises
- Determining time estimates
- On your resume

In a job interview. During a job interview, you may be asked to demonstrate some of your basic math skills.

Furthermore, when assessing basic numeracy and arithmetic skills, some employers use the Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST), a 20-minute test that determines job readiness and trainability by measuring basic math, verbal, and communication skills. Math and verbal sub scores are listed separately.

The mathematical component of this test will evaluate your ability to:

(1) Solve basic arithmetic equations
(2) Manipulate numbers in word problems

This course in basic mathematics is an excellent way to practice for these mathematical skills. This is achieved by completing exercises and past exam papers from the level 2 course on AQA Mathematical Functional Skills. After doing so you may even wish to sign up and complete the full course at Wiltshire College and gain an extra qualification for your CV.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional Costs and Information

There are no additional course costs. You will need a pen and notebook and, if you have one, a copy of your CV.

The course will run on one day a week at our Chippenham campus on the below dates:
14.09.22-19.10.22 Wednesday 10:00-12:00
09.11.22-14.12.22 Wednesday 10:00-12:00
11.01.23-15.02.23 Wednesday 10:00-12:00
01.03.23-05.04.23 Wednesday 10:00-12:00
17.05.23-28.06.23 Wednesday 10:00-12:00

What Could I Do Next?

From this course you may be able to gain employment, or you might decide to do another part time course to help develop further skills or qualifications. You may be entitled to fee remission if you meet the criteria. To find out more please contact us on 01225 756289 or 01225 756201. Subject to change where required to meet learner needs.

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