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This course deals with a number of basic mathematical concepts that will be used during your study and/or work life. When you have worked through this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand the number system and relationships between sizes of objects
  • Appreciate and work with some basic elements in algebra and algebraic manipulation
  • Solve simple and simultaneous equations and transpose equations
  • Apply rounding rules to the results of calculations
  • Calculate binomial coefficients
  • Use an extended set of calculator functions

Course Syllabus

Section 1 - Numbers

  • Our Number System
  • The Number Line
  • Counting Numbers
  • Parts of Counting Numbers
  • Rounding
  • Comparisons of Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Summary

Section 2 - Algebra

  • Letters for Numbers
  • Indices, Powers and Exponents
  • Basic Rules for Products Involving Indices
  • Sequence of Operations
  • Directed (or Signed) Numbers
  • Manipulating Arithmetic Fractions
  • Multiplication and Division in Algebra
  • Use of Brackets
  • Summary

Section 3 - Equations and Coefficients

  • Simple Equations
  • Changing the Subject of a Formula
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Expanding Brackets
  • Coefficients
  • Inequalities
  • Summary

Section 4 - Using a Calculator

  • Basic Calculations
  • The Square Root Function
  • The Square Function
  • The General Power Function
  • The Factorial Function
  • The Scientific Notation
  • Use of the Memory Facility
  • Combination of Functions
  • Summary

What qualifications are awarded upon completion?

Course Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 20 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Basic Maths Certificate

Basic Maths Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 2 Basic Maths Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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