In our highly technical world numeracy skills, particularly the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly important and are highly sought after by employers.

A lack of mathematical confidence and poor numeracy skills are barriers to employment and successful taking of Business school admission tests such as the GMAT where maths is an essential part. Moreover, numeracy tests are increasingly part of the recruitment process in recent times.

Many people feel that they just simply “cannot do maths”, yet the need to process numbers is a skill that we all need not just for employment but in our everyday lives. Improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics with this online course offered by the Loughborough University.

**About the course**

This free online course from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University will help you improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics. You will gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in both employers’ numeracy tests and the workplace. It is designed to build your confidence.

Over three weeks, we will look at where numbers occur in everyday life and what numeracy means in this context. We will look at the rationale behind employers’ numeracy testing and the skills you will need to be successful.

In addition to refreshing your understanding of specific numeracy skills (such as percentages, ratios, averages and currency conversions), you will develop essential skills for interpreting numerical data and understanding statistics.

**What you’ll learn**

- build your mathematical confidence
- develop your mathematical skills through a carefully paced, step-by-step introduction
- refresh your knowledge of numeracy
- gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in tests

**Starting date:** 4 July 2016

**Duration:** 3 weeks

**Language:** English

**Institution: **Loughborough University

**Instructors:** Janette Matthews, Tony Croft