Free maths qualification

If you need a maths qualification to improve your CV or boost your confidence, our nationally recognised maths qualifications from City & Guilds are a great way to show you can apply your maths skills in a practical way.

Free maths qualification
  • We offer qualifications at entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. You can do different sized qualifications at each level, depending on your learning needs. But don't worry, we're here to advise which qualification is best for you before you start - and make sure you don't cover what you already know.

    Depending on the level, type and size of qualification you're working towards, you'll do a variety of online courses, along with some paper tasks too. Here's a simple guide to our different levels of qualifications. We'll put together the right courses from each area to suit your needs and the type of qualification you want to gain. Your maths qualification could be made up of courses in numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, common measure, using shape and space, or handling data.

    Please note, we do not offer maths qualifications in Scotland

  • Whole numbers

    A lack of everyday maths skills can really hold you back. This area of your maths qualification takes you back to basics by working with whole numbers - a great first step to number confidence.

    Fractions, decimals and percentages

    Sharing the bill at an office party, dividing work equally between your team, or working out a 20% discount in the sales - all these use parts of numbers like fractions and percentages. We'll give you confidence to make your numbers add up.

    Shape and space

    If you work with plans and diagrams, a good understanding of space and shape will make the task easier. Shape skills can help with everything from using space effectively when you're packing, to stacking shelves or planning a new room layout.

    Common measure

    We all need to measure things every day, from organising your office space and working with money to keeping track of time or measuring food for a recipe.

    Handling data

    If you need to read data from bar charts, tables or maps, or get information from a timetable, we can help you develop skills to understand and use data, and create data displays of your own.

    • Thanks to government funding your courses and qualification could be free. We'll confirm this with you before you start.
    • We do different size qualifications at different levels - we'll help you work out what's best for you. Some are assessed by collecting a portfolio of your work – so there’s no test. Others are assessed by a short online test.
    • You can complete your qualification in a learndirect centre with face-to-face support from our centre staff.
    • Your tutor will be there to give you advice, and you'll have regular progress reviews to keep you on track.
    • For each course, you'll complete tasks and activities to show how you can apply your new skills.
    • Once you've finished all your courses and completed your tasks and activities, or tests, your work will be assessed by City & Guilds to gain your qualification.