Bracknell and Wokingham College offers free maths courses for adults

Bracknell and Wokingham College is pleased to announce it is offering free maths courses for adults, thanks to funding provided by the Government.

As part of an initiative, called Multiply, all adults who need to improve their numeracy (up to and including Level 2 or equivalent) will be able to access free, flexible courses that fit around their lives.

These courses are open to adults who are aged-19 and over and do not already have a GCSE at grade 4 or C (or equivalent) in maths.

Whether you need to get better at managing your bills, budgeting, want to improve your potential at work, change careers or progress to further study.

The Multiply adult numeracy programme is the UK Government’s first priority of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Each local area across the UK has funding for the next three years to improve adult functional numeracy skills in daily life, home, and work.

Left to right: Stacy Temple, Claire Vessey and Tamara Wolcough

Studying maths gave me the confidence to apply for university

Tamara Wolcough, studied a part-time GCSE Maths course at Bracknell and Wokingham College. In August 2022, she achieved a Grade 5. She is now studying a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Tamara said: “It’s amazing! I failed maths three times before.

“Studying maths here was the first time that it made sense to me. My teacher, Paul made it easier and would explain it all and answer all my questions.

“Studying maths here gave me the confidence to apply for university.”

It’s never too late to start

Paul Hughes, Maths Teacher at Activate Learning, said: “It’s never too late to start. We’ve had adult in their 60s studying with us before.

“For adults, the hardest part of maths is taking that first brave step into the classroom, if you can do that, we’re here to help you overcome the fear of maths.

“Studying maths can help with career progression or further study. There’s no more homework embarrassment when your children or grandchildren ask for help.

“The biggest thing is that it always helps with their self-belief. It’s bigger than a certificate. Some students have had terrible previous experiences of maths, but we’ve helped them to understand it, pass their exam and go on to university or employment, which they never thought was possible.”

Find out about our Multiply maths courses or contact us on 0800 612 6008.