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ESOL – Maths skills for a better life

Course Level


Start Date

Thu 19 Jan 2023


10 weeks


Course content

  • By the end of the course, you will feel more confident with these maths skills, and you may choose to move on to a Functional Skills qualification
  • How to write numbers in words and digits
  • Words, signs and methods for adding and subtracting
  • Words, signs and methods for multiplication and division
  • Decimals and money
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Metric and imperial measures for length, weight and capacity
  • Time and calendars


This course is designed for learners who want to improve their confidence with both maths and English. By the end of the course, you'll have a better understanding of both maths and English, and will be able to use these skills more confidently in your everyday life. You'll gain essential skills in maths, while also learning about how this subject is written and taught differently in the UK. Our higher level course is designed for learners who are more confident in their maths and English language skills. Those who are just beginning their studies should check out our foundation level course, since the higher course is designed for those with a stronger understanding of English and math.

Course content:

In this course, we'll be exploring the many ways that numbers are used in our everyday lives. We'll start by looking at how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and then move on to more advanced topics like decimals and money, fractions and percentages, and metric and imperial measures. By the end of the course, you'll have a strong understanding of how to use numbers in a variety of everyday situations.


  • This course is designed for those who does not have a Level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE grade C/4 in Maths. You must be aged 19 or over and live in Brighton and Hove. The course is free but we do ask for a commitment to attend the whole 10 weeks. This is to ensure that you get the most out of the course and gain the skills you need.

What do I need to do this course?


Teaching Methods

  • The teaching method for this class is a mix of whole-group instruction and individual work time. First, the specialist maths and ESOL teachers will present key skills using a Powerpoint presentation. Then, learners will have the opportunity to apply these skills to real life situations in class. Both teachers will provide support to individual learners as needed. Finally, learners can choose to work with a learning partner if they wish. This differentiated approach ensures that all learners have the opportunity to succeed in the class.

    How is your progress checked?

    One of the first things you'll do is take an Initial assessment. This is just to get a sense of your starting level of confidence with the material. Don't worry, there's no pass or fail - it's just for us to understand where you're starting from.

    As you work through the course, we'll be giving you feedback along the way. This is so you can check your understanding and progress. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We're here to help you learn.

    At the end of the course, there will be a final assessment. This is to check your progress and see how much you've learned. Again, there's no pass or fail - we just want to see how far you've come.

    Extra study or practice required at home.

    Optional worksheets will be provided at the end of each session if learners wish to practise skills

    What can I do after this course?

    You can join our Functional skills/GCSE maths if you want to improve your skills further.


Course details

  • Tutor: Gill Cox
  • Time: 18:00-20:00
  • Provision: FE
  • Term: Spring
  • Location: AAL