Wherever you decide to learn, take or email your results and certificate to your tutor(s) to help them give you the best support.


Finding a college/course

Use these links to find colleges and courses near you:


Functional Skills Maths

Functional Skills qualifications focus on problem-solving and help learners use maths in everyday situations

Where? At your local college/sixth form.

Qualification? Functional Skills Maths qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you boost your CV or move on to further study.

Cost? Functional Skills courses are free to UK residents. Check your local college for more information.

Anything else? Colleges often refer to Functional Skills courses by a different name. For more information contact your local college.

Video? Watch this video about adult learners’ experiences with Functional Skills courses.

Options for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Wales: Click here to learn about Essential Skills Wales

Scotland: Click here to learn about Core Skills Scotland

Northern Ireland: Click here to learn about Essential Skills Northern Ireland.

Learndirect Everyday Maths

Learndirect everyday maths courses focus on how to apply your maths skills in a practical way.

Where? The courses begin in Learndirect centres with an informal, face-to-face chat. Learning is then continued at home or wherever you have access to the internet. Support is available throughout the course. 

Qualification? Learndirect courses are nationally recognised qualifications, awarded by City and Guilds.

Cost? Free

Anything else? Learndirect centres are located all over England and Wales. Find your nearest centre here.

Video? Find out more by watching this video.


GCSE Maths

GCSE maths develops learners’ abilities to solve mathematical problems. The course focuses on developing the confidence to use, apply and talk about maths.

Where? At your local college.

Qualification? GCSE maths is nationally recognised and valued by employers.

Cost? Check your local college for more information.

Anything else? Both Foundation and Higher GCSE courses are available.

Other maths courses at college

Different colleges offer a variety of courses. You may find your local college offers:

  • Maths through language - for students whose first language is not English.
  • Maths through IT - for students who would like to brush up both their Maths and IT skills.
  • Pre-Access maths - for students looking to go on to do an access to further education course.
  • Pre-GCSE - for students who want to build up their background knowledge before going on to a GCSE course.

Not sure what’s for you? Your local college will be happy to give you more information and help you decide.


Maths tutors

Tell me more? Good for those who prefer learning in their own home with 1-to-1 help.

Where? At home

Qualification? If you want to go for a qualification you and your tutor can decide together which one is best for you.

Cost? It varies, but mostly £10 to £30 per hour

Anything else? Tutor HuntSelect My Tutor, TutoraTeachers to Your Home, and The Tutor Pages can help you find tutors in your area. 



Here are some alternative/additional ways for adults to learn online:

Star Dash Studios - Why not download our phone game to try out your numeracy in a fun runner game? It’s free! Download here.

Sn@p - For learners who require numeracy skills specific to a healthcare setting. Sn@p provide numeracy assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses, and education to improve the skills required to study and work in healthcare professions. To register and find out more to go Sn@p or contact info@snap-services.org.

Citizen Maths - This is a free online course for people who already have a good basic understanding of maths to improve their problem solving skills. If you are already at Gold (roughly equivalent to an A* to C GCSE grade), and want to learn more then this could be for you – try the questionnaire at Citizen Maths.

Maths Everywhere – An app with some useful everyday tools plus videos explaining the maths behind them and exercises to explore further. Available as an app for download or web-based version: Maths Everywhere.

Khan Academy – The leading adult online learning site in the world, this innovative option from California offers the chance to learn with videos, exercises and even tutor interaction. All your progress is nicely tracked and you earn badges as you progress: Khan Academy.

BBC Skillswise – A wealth of great videos, exercise and quizzes from the BBC’s vast array of resources. This site is free to use and is continuing to be improved: Skillswise.

Conquer Maths – This excellent website covers levels from primary school to A Level. You complete a test which highlights key areas to work on, and then watch a video lesson, followed by an exercise. The website does cost money to use, but the first lesson of each topic can be accessed for free. Conquer Maths.

Maths GCSE Online – Here you can do an entire GCSE course online – you only need to go into a centre to take the final exam. Run by Sheffield College at: Maths GCSE Online.

Move On – This website is no longer actively looked after, but it is still a great place to find useful maths resources: Move On.