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.
- Stand Out and Be Counted www.britac.ac.uk/policy/Stand_Out_and_Be_Counted.cfm a guide from the British Council signalling the value of data-handling skills to current undergraduate students
- Canterbury College offers part-time courses in maths www.cant-col.ac.uk/studying-with-us/Courses/part-time/humanities-languages-maths/MATHS-FOR-ADULTS-LEVEL-1
- Math Tutor www.mathtutor.ac.uk/arithmetic 7 topics to study online at your own pace
- BBC Skillswise www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths ”practical, common-sense maths for adults”
- Get Stats www.getstats.org.uk/resources/general-public/ Resources from the Royal Statistical Society to help the general public understand statistics and their use
- Maths Centre www.mathcentre.ac.uk includes a maths test you can print off at www.mathcentre.ac.uk/resources.php/332
- Practice numerical reasoning tests on this site www.kent.ac.uk/careers/tests/mathstest.htm
- Most university or public libraries will have a wide range of mathematics books you can borrow to teach you. For example you can search and reserve books from Kent Libraries at http://libcat.kent.gov.uk or of course, you can buy your own copies via Amazon.
- See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/distance.htm to find part-time courses in any part of the country.
- Hot Courses www.hotcourses.com is a particularly good database of courses.
Last fully updated 2013