Maths - Working towards Entry 3

Course Description

This course aims to enable you to build on your previous mathematical knowledge and to increase your understanding, confidence and skill set in order to use mathematics in everyday situations.  

This course will cover three main areas of study:  

  • Using numbers and the number system up to 1000 (whole numbers, fractions & decimals) 
  • Using common measures, shape and space. 
  • Handling information and data (tables, tally charts, bar charts and line graphs). 

Working Towards Entry 3 courses will be delivered either in the classroom (face-to-face) or virtually (online). For virtual only courses, you must have easy access to a computer with the internet. Classes will be held twice a week and the sessions will be 2.5 hours long.  

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

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job - Route to Work.

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules, 

Entry Requirement

Your English skills need to be at Entry Level 2 or above. 

Your Maths skills and problem-solving abilities will be assessed before joining the course to ensure that it is the right level. You will be expected to carry out at least 2 hours of extra study in your own time, every week.

Initial Assessment

Courses start in September or February. To gain a place on the course, you must book an initial assessment by calling the BAES Info Line (0121 303 4318) or one of the BAES centres. Initial assessments are generally carried out remotely on Zoom although you can book a face-to-face assessment. Depending on the results of the assessment, you may be advised to join a different level or course. 

Learning Strategies

It is important that you attend all sessions and make time to work at home every week to prepare, practise and consolidate your learning. BAES provides an online virtual learning environment (Moodle) and has a subscription to the website MyMaths, which you can access for practice and revision.

Progress Monitoring

Your progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first few sessions, you and your teacher will determine if you can cope with the level of work required and if you can demonstrate good attendance and punctuality in order to continue with the course. 


There will be no formal exam at the end of this course. You will submit a portfolio of work that you have completed during the course.


This course could lead to a Maths Entry 3 Functional Skills course.

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