Maths - working towards level 1

Course Description

Maths is an important skill that you need in everyday life. A key aim for this course is for you to gain confidence and fluency in mathematics and develop a positive attitude towards it. 

At Working towards Level 1, you will cover the basic concepts required for work and everyday life. The main areas of study are Number, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Measures, Shape and Space, and Handling Data. This course helps you to gain the skills needed in Level 1 before applying them to functional skills problems.  

Most classes will run using a blended model with half of your learning taking place in a centre with the teacher present, and the other half will require you to self-study. Some classes will be delivered in virtual classrooms. It is therefore important that you have easy access to a computer/device with the internet.  

This course also includes a 3-week BAES IT Fundamentals course in order to maximise participation in learning using digital tools.

Entry Requirement

Your English skills need to be at Entry 3 level or above, and you need to have an understanding of some basic maths concepts. 

Initial Assessment

To gain a place on the course, you must book an initial assessment by phoning the BAES Info Line (0121 303 4318) or one of the BAES centres. Initial assessments are carried out either remotely on Zoom, or by a face-to-face assessment at a centre. Depending on the results of the assessment, you may be advised to join a different level or course. 

Learning Strategies

In order to cover all of the course content, you will be expected to carry out at least 2 hours of independent study each week, as well as the 2.5 hours self-study when not attending a class in a centre (blended learning). 

It is important you attend all required sessions and make time to work at home every week, in order to prepare, practise and consolidate your learning. The Service has on-line subscriptions to MathsWatch and MyMaths, and you can access videos, quizzes and other activities on our BAES Moodle site.  

Progress Monitoring

Your progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first progress check in October, you and your teacher will determine if you can cope with the level and amount of work required, and if you have demonstrated good attendance and punctuality, in order to continue with the course. It may be that a more suitable course is recommended.


There is no exam attached to this course. You will submit a portfolio of work that you have completed during the course. 


Working Towards Level 1 will prepare you for Maths Functional Skills Level 1. 

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