The is a follow-on course from the Level 3 “Maths in Everyday Life” course. It’s an ideal course if you want to improve the basics skills you’ve already picked up and expand your abilities to the next level.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to recognise situations where mathematics can be used meaningfully in daily life, apply and transfer mathematical processes and concepts appropriate to the situation, interpret and draw conclusions from activities, and communicate conclusions appropriately to others. It is designed to develop skills which enable more effective functioning in personal life, the workplace and as a member of society.



On successful completion participants will be able to:

1. Explain how mathematics can be used to enable the individual function more effectively as a person and as a citizen.
2. Discuss the presence of variables in a range of real life situations.
3. Convert from scientific notation to standard form and standard form to scientific notation.
4. Use appropriate strategies including estimation and percentage error to give approximations, where numbers are from the set of natural numbers (N) and from the set of integers (Z).
5. Use a calculator with confidence to perform extended calculations, requiring functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percent, square-root, pi, 1/x, scientific notation keys, memory keys and the clear key, while following the conventions of precedence of operations.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of indices and the rules of logarithms by using the laws and rules to simplify expressions, solve equations, and transpose formulae.
7. Differentiate between simple interest and compound interest by applying the appropriate given formula to a range of savings and credit options.
8. Calculate pay slips using appropriate statutory deductions, gross profit, net profit and loss on goods sold, VAT inclusive and VAT exclusive prices.
9. Solve quadratic equations using factors and the quadratic formula.
10. Solve algebraic equations including linear equations and linear inequalities of one variable, simultaneous linear equations of two unknowns.
11. Construct algebraic expressions and formulae for real life situations using the correct terminology and including rearrangement of formulae.
12. Solve problems for a range of familiar and unfamiliar, meaningful, real life situations by mathematising the situations, making an initial model of the situation, deciding on appropriate mathematical techniques and tools to use in the situation, applying mathematical techniques, examining patterns, relationships and assumptions and making adjustments to see their effect on the initial model, and discussing and presenting results and conclusions in relation to the situation.
13. Discuss areas where additional mathematical skills could be developed to meet personal needs to enable a more active role in a community, educational or workplace setting.


On successful completion of this course students may continue to QQI Level 4 from February to June 2023.


Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education.
Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.



• BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) course
• QQI accredited

FREE to those:
on Social Welfare/Medical Card/CE Scheme and/or with less than Upper Second Level Education

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