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This course deals with a number of basic mathematical concepts that will be used during your study and/or work life. When you have worked through this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand the number system and relationships between sizes of objects
  • Appreciate and work with some basic elements in algebra and algebraic manipulation
  • Solve simple and simultaneous equations and transpose equations
  • Apply rounding rules to the results of calculations
  • Calculate binomial coefficients
  • Use an extended set of calculator functions


Section 1 - Numbers

  • Our Number System
  • The Number Line
  • Counting Numbers
  • Parts of Counting Numbers
  • Rounding
  • Comparisons of Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Summary

Section 2 - Algebra

  • Letters for Numbers
  • Indices, Powers and Exponents
  • Basic Rules for Products Involving Indices
  • Sequence of Operations
  • Directed (or Signed) Numbers
  • Manipulating Arithmetic Fractions
  • Multiplication and Division in Algebra
  • Use of Brackets
  • Summary

Section 3 - Equations and Coefficients

  • Simple Equations
  • Changing the Subject of a Formula
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Expanding Brackets
  • Coefficients
  • Inequalities
  • Summary

Section 4 - Using a Calculator

  • Basic Calculations
  • The Square Root Function
  • The Square Function
  • The General Power Function
  • The Factorial Function
  • The Scientific Notation
  • Use of the Memory Facility
  • Combination of Functions
  • Summary


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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