What is Functional Maths?
Functional Maths is an approach to teaching that helps people to gain the most out of life, learning and work.
Why should I do the course?
Joining a Functional Maths class will give you the opportunity to improve your maths skills and to use these skills for practical problem solving. It will build your confidence in how to use maths in all aspects of your everyday life.
You will learn in a variety of ways in a friendly, relaxed environment.
This course is also available at our Joseph Wright and Ilkeston campuses.
There are no formal entry requirements to access this course.
All applicants will be invited to an interview and assessment session. The assessment will give us an indication of your current level and learning needs. On completion we will either offer you a place on the course or discuss your options.
Should this not be the most appropriate level for you, we offer a variety of maths courses including Entry Level short awards, Functional Skills and GCSEs.
This course is available at various levels. You will receive guidance on which level is the most appropriate for you.
The course will cover:
You will get the chance to apply these maths skills in a wide variety of situations and will gain experience in using maths when making decisions and explaining the reasons behind these decisions.
At the start of the course you will be assessed to find out what you need to learn. You will then agree an individual learning plan appropriate to your situation and needs.
You will be assessed informally throughout the course to check on your progress.
Qualifications are obtained by completing a written or online test.
What you do next is up to you:
A long-time carer with elderly people has forged a new career in the classroom with deaf youngsters after passing five separate courses at Derby College. Dedicated Stephanie Davis, 47, switched direction after 20 years and joined Derby's Royal School for the Deaf as a residential worker in 2008. Now she has gained a string of qualifications, passing Functional Maths at Level 1 and 2 and Functional English at Level 1, as well gaining NVQs in working with children in a residential setting and as a teaching assistant. Now Stephanie, from Mackworth, is studying for Functional English Level 2 and aiming to go on to study for a High Level Teaching Assistant qualification at Level 4. Promoted to Senior Teaching Assistant (Teaching Support), Stephanie says that could be a stepping stone towards her dream job as a teacher at the school. Previously she gained qualifications with Derby College, in Community Care and Caring for the Elderly.
Stephanie said: "Every step of the way I've been supported by the college. I'm not a natural at English but the college has given been brilliant and helped my confidence no end."