Our guide to maths
Kristina K

Our guide to maths

First published date September 26 2013 Amended date April 17 2015

Maths is everywhere. Whether you love the subject or struggle to make sense of the numbers, conquering maths is important for everyday use and also for your career. You may be one of those who hate figures and avoids maths like the plague, but you’ll be surprised to find out that you’ve  probably already used a bit of maths today. Did you do some shopping and calculate the discounts or total of your purchase? Did you cook and try modify the ingredients accordingly? Are you familiar with different time zones when travelling? All these require simple maths. Enrol on our wide range of maths courses, from algebra and geometry to statistics and mathematical theory. Or if you’re a maths whizz and would like to take your passion further, then why not specialise in the subject for your undergraduate or postgraduate studies?


Math is for everyone

GCSE and A Level maths are important qualifications for entry into many courses, colleges and universities. You’ll be taught arithmetic, trigonometry, statistics, algebra, reasoning, pure maths and geometry. Once you’ve developed a strong foundation in basic maths, you can work towards a higher qualification. You can choose to study part time or full time. Further maths is recommended for those who hope to gain admission onto courses like mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science.


Are you a wannabe finance analyst, actuary or an engineer?

If you’re considering a job in the finance industry or anything related to the sciences, having a strong grasp in maths is important. There are lots of undergraduate maths courses, so why not pick from applied maths and pure maths to engineering maths and statistics? You’ll learn about statistics, operational search, numerical analysis, financial markets, and corporate investments and finance. For those who are interested in being a teacher, then a PGCE or a postgraduate qualification in maths would be the right course. As part of the course, you’ll be required to do school placements teaching maths to others.


Sharpen other skills

Learning maths is more than just calculation and numbers,because maths is all about problem solving and solutions, and those skills will be transferred into other aspects of your life. You’ll become better at problem solving and looking at the littlest details, having the patience to examine them, making choices and developing a strategy. So, if you’re a strategic thinker, a maths course may just be right up your street!


Math tricks

2s trick

·         Think of a number

·         Multiply it by 3

·         Add 6 with the getting result

·         Divide it by 3

·         Subtract it from the first number used

·         Answer is 2


Tough multiplication

If you have a large number to multiply and one of the numbers is even, you can easily subdivide to get to the answer.

Eg. 32 x 125, is the same as 16 x 250, is the same as 8 x 500, is the same as 4 x 1000 = 4,000


Did you know?


What comes after a million, billion and trillion? A quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion and undecillion.

Plus (+) and Minus (-) sign symbols were used as early as 1489 A.D.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

In a group of 23 people, at least 2 have the same birthday with the probability greater than 1/2.

An icosagon is a shape with 20 sides.

The magic of 9 – multiply any number with 9 and then sum all individual digits of the result to make it a single digit. The sum of all these individual digits will always be 9.