Numeracy and Quantitative Skills


Sometimes short courses in numeracy, computing, languages, business, bookkeeping and of course, learning to drive can be of immense help in making you more employable.

Numeracy is not just about competence in basic number skills. It involves understanding and working with numerical and graphical information, drawing conclusions, explaining findings, making deductions and detecting suspect deductions by others. These are in tune with the skills that employers value from good graduates in all subjects, such as critical thinking and independent reasoning.

If you haven’t studied maths since GCSE – and maybe didn’t enjoy it when you did study it – it is worth taking time during your studies to improve your numeracy and quantitative reasoning skills.

Numerical reasoning skills are part of many employers’ selection processes – but this is not the end of it. Graduate careers in all kinds of work areas will involve planning, budgeting time and costs, amending estimates and spotting time or money problems in advance.

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Last fully updated 2013