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Launching this year across the UK, Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills.

If you’re aged 19 and over and don’t have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain a qualification.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money.

There will be courses for beginners to more advanced courses such as GCSE Maths, Functional Skills Qualifications, or equivalent. Online tutorials and content are also available, so you will be able to learn at a pace that suits you.

Available to:

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



Age restriction:

19 and over

Course type:

Classroom-based, Online, Short courses


Free - Multiply is fully funded by the government

How to apply:

Multiply will be launching this year. In the meantime, you can explore ways to improve your skills, or take our short quiz which can help you understand where you might want to brush up on your numbers.

Check your numeracy level

Our short quiz will help you to understand where you might want to brush up on your numbers.

There are 6 multiple-choice numeracy questions, it will take around 5 minutes to complete and you may use a calculator if you wish. The quiz will also help explain how to get to the correct answer.


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Course content:

Hundreds of free courses will be available covering a wide range of numeracy skills. There will be courses for beginners to more advanced courses which could lead to wider job opportunities or further study, such as a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A Level) or an apprenticeship.


Our numeracy courses will include:

  • classroom-based courses, including part-time and evening, to help you gain a qualification
  • courses designed to increase confidence with numbers as the first step towards a qualification
  • programmes delivered together with employers, including on-demand online tutorials
  • guidance and support that puts maths into every day, relatable, context

The Multiply digital platform will be available later this year across the UK and has been designed to be flexible and on-demand, so you can fit learning around your life or other commitments.

Whether you want to boost your skills online or in-person, there will be something to suit you.

Classroom-based courses and advice will vary depending on your local area.


How to Apply:

Multiply will be launching this year. You can sign up to be the first to know when Multiply launches.

In the meantime, there are several options for you to explore to help improve your numeracy skills.

If you’re in England, you can search for numeracy courses available now through Find a Course.


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If you’re in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can find further support on how you can boost your numeracy skills.


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Essential Skills – Numeracy:

Multiply is offered in addition to the existing free essential numeracy learning for adults in England who do not have a maths GCSE at grade C or above.

These qualifications will help you gain the numeracy skills you need for work and are recognised by employers.

Find out more about essential numeracy skills qualifications.


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