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Numeracy – Essential Skills

If you are aged 19 and over and do not have a GCSE in maths at grade 4 (or equivalent), you can study and take a range of qualifications for free.

These courses will help you gain the numeracy skills you need for work and everyday life and are recognised by employers.
Entry level courses are available for complete beginners or those with low numeracy skills.

Available to:

Adults who do not already have a GCSE in maths at grade 4 (or equivalent)


3-6 months on average

Age restriction:

19 and over

Course type:




How to apply:

Use the below links to find the right course for you

What it can lead to:

From managing your household bills to helping your children with homework, having a good foundation of numeracy skills can help you in everyday life.

Many employers look for good maths and numeracy skills, so boosting yours can help you to unlock new job opportunities and increase your earnings. It could also help you to progress on to higher levels of free training to secure a skilled job.

About numeracy essential skills qualifications:

Numeracy qualifications available range from complete beginner to level 2 qualifications (for those who have some numeracy knowledge already). Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSEs.

No matter what level you start at, all courses lead to a qualification in numeracy that is recognised by employers.

Courses cover essential numeracy skills, such as:

  •       Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  •       Fractions, decimals and percentages
  •       Shapes and measurements
  •       Ratios
  •       Handling data
  •       Basic formulas

 Courses are flexible and can be classroom-based or online. Full-time, part-time and evening class options may also be available, depending on your local provider.

How to Apply:

Use Find a Course to find a qualification that suits you:


Multiply is a numeracy skills programme designed to help adults improve their maths skills.

Through this new programme, you will be able to sign up for free online tutorials and courses to help you brush up on the maths and numeracy skills you need for both work and everyday life.


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