Citizen Maths

Note that from January 2018 Citizen Maths transferred to Jisc, to be run as a Jisc service. For more details please see this joint statement from Jisc and Calderdale College [52 kB PDF], which also appears on the Calderdale College web site.

Citizen Maths is a free, online maths course, for self-motivated adults who want to improve their grasp of maths at Level 2. It is estimated that in the UK there are around 10 million adults who could benefit in their working and social lives from improvement at this level. This may be because they need a refresher or because maths passed them by at school. By November 2017, over 16,000 people had signed up.

Citizen Maths addresses this problem by helping people learn  maths in a new way. The course uses practical problems to help people grasp and put into practice five key “powerful ideas” in maths.  The five ideas are:

  • Proportion
  • Uncertainty
  • Representation
  • Pattern
  • Measurement

Each takes between five and 10 hours to complete; learners can work at their own pace, spreading this over several weeks or working more intensely over a shorter period. The course is designed to give you the feeling that you are in a one-to-one tutorial with a helpful and skilled teacher. It does this using short video lessons — many learners really like these. It also uses demos and online apps to help you try ideas out. There’s even a bit of programming in Scratch, a widely used educational programming language.

Here are three three-minute videos about Citizen Maths.

The course has been developed by experts in the learning of maths from the UCL Institute of Education. It uses the Google Course Builder platform.

Citizen Maths is working with a number of partners involved in vocational learning as well as with trades unions and large employers, helping them introduce the course to people within their student population, membership or workforce who would find the course useful.

If you are from an organisation which would be interested in using the course or material from it, please contact us via this this enquiry form.

If you think you might benefit from taking the course please click here, where you will be taken to a nine-point checklist which will help you work out if Citizen Maths is suitable for you.

Project partners

Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education courses and work-based learning and the sole provider of higher education awards in Calderdale, a Metropolitan Borough in West Yorkshire centred on Halifax -

The UCL Institute of Education has an international reputation for its education research. IOE is a centre of excellence for research into mathematics education and into technology-enhanced learning -

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is part of Cambridge Assessment and a leading UK awarding body. OCR provides qualifications for people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes -

Contact us

If you have questions, please complete this enquiry form. We reply to enquiries quickly, and never in more than two working days. You may also find it useful to look at the Citizen Maths blog, which contains a range of relevant and current background material.