What is Functional Maths?
Functional Maths is an approach to teaching maths 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.
The course is also available at our Ilkeston and Joseph Wright sites on both a day-time and evening basis.
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.
Once complete, we will discuss the most appropriate level of course to meet your needs.
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.
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:
For a confidential chat about your own learning needs, please contact the Adult English and Maths Team on 01332 387465.
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."