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Introduction to Maths

If you’re keen to brush up your numeracy skills, our Pre-GCSE Introduction to Maths online course offers a flexible route to mathematical confidence!

Numeracy skills are vital in so many careers, as well as in everyday life. If you’d like to re-visit mathematics to boost your knowledge in key skills, then this step-by-step course is perfect.

Our approach aims to build confidence in a subject you may have previously found daunting or challenging. Using supportive, engaging materials, you’ll work at a pace that suits you, with plenty of scope to practise and revisit skills as you go.

Pre-GCSE Introduction to Maths includes three tutor-marked assignments, designed to track and confirm your progress. On completion, perhaps you’ll convert to our GCSE Mathematics online course to gain a formal qualification at a reduced cost?

Why study Pre-GCSE Introduction to Maths?

You’ll be learning using accessible, engaging online resources, written by an expert team. With 12 months support from an NEC tutor included, you can also rest-assured that additional support is on-hand, should you need it.

Our Pre-GCSE Introduction to Maths course provides three units, which cover key mathematical concepts and techniques such as decimals, fractions, algebra and percentages, providing a direct pathway towards securing a GCSE in this vital subject.

This course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to progress to GCSE Mathematics and want to build your confidence in key skills first.
  • Want to pursue a career which demands a certain level of mathematical ability.
  • Would like to build on your current skills in preparation for a promotion.
  • Need a flexible study solution, that fits your lifestyle.

Future opportunities

  • Studying maths at GCSE level and beyond.
  • Grade C (4 or 5) in GCSE Mathematics is a key entry-level qualification for most higher education courses, plus a range of careers including nursing and teaching.

Course content

Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • Course guide

Section 1

  • Working with numbers
  • Directed numbers
  • Fractions

Section 2

  • Decimals
  • Percentages and ratios
  • Beginning algebra
  • Angles

Section 3

  • Patterns
  • Coordinates and straight lines
  • Shapes and symmetry
  • Factors, Multiples and Primes

Study Introduction to Maths with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Stefania who is just one of our first-class maths tutors:

I love being a maths tutor, working with students of all abilities on a one-to-one basis to help them achieve their dreams. My goal as a teacher is to remove the barriers that often prevent students enjoying this beautiful subject, and to give them the confidence to understand and to make progress. I graduated in mathematics in Italy, worked in the City, then qualified as a teacher with the OU and taught GCSE and A level Maths for nine years. I now work full time as a private tutor and I am an examiner for Edexcel and AQA.”

What you need to know


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • No formal qualifications
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 40-50 study hours, plus time to develop your skills and for completing assignments


  • 4 assignments (one introductory)


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 12 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

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