Adult Learners

Adult learners

If people miss out on maths at school or had a bad experience the first time round, discovering maths later in life can be really important in achieving your potential. The whole of the Maths Careers site will be useful to adult learners, but this section highlights some particular sources of information, advice and guidance for adult learners.

Studying for a degree

Going to university later on in life can be a daunting prospect. Decisions such as which degree to take and where to take it have to be weighed up carefully with family commitments and financial considerations.

But it's not all that difficult! Universities welcome mature students and often show flexibility in accommodating them. They will take your work experience into account when it comes to entrance qualifications, offer part-time degrees and often provide child care facilities. If you are thinking of taking a maths related degree, then the information in the '16-19' section of this website will help you find a course and institution that suits you. You can get some ideas of where maths related degrees can take you by clicking on the link to the careers library of Plus magazine below.

Adult learnerIf you are unable to study full-time, or to attend lectures away from your home, it may be worth checking out the Open University. All their study programmes are based on distance learning, and most students study part-time. Even better, most of the courses require no previous qualifications. You only need to be over 18. If you would like more information, get in touch with them, they are happy to give advice and guidance.

The Prospects website has a guide for mature students; and the Royal Statistical Society has a very good guide for people who are planning a career change. Although it is aimed at people considering a degree in statistics, a lot of the information is relevant to any maths related degree.

Above all, think positively and look forward to a new and exciting part of your life!


Related Links

Essentials of Numeracy For All
Thinking about improving your maths skills? You’re not alone. National Numeracy works to support the many adults in the UK developing the maths skills needed for everyday life.

Live Online A Level Mathematics
MEI offers a Live Online course for AS/A level Mathematics for mature or home-based students.

UCAS mature student guide
Advice and guidance for mature students.

The RSS guide to career change
This page is a guide to choosing a statistical career path, aimed at those who are sometimes called "mature adults", who are considering a career change.

Open University
Information on studying mathematics, statistics and mathematics education with the Open University.

Plus magazine careers library
A collection of interviews from people in various maths-related careers, showing the wide range of uses maths can get put to in the real world.

The mature students guide
If you are going to be over 25 on completion of your degree and are likely to be job hunting in the near future, then this booklet is for you. [PDF, 435Kb]

Move on Up - for basic maths help
Move On is a national project aimed at helping adults to brush up their skills and gain the National Certificate in Adult Literacy or Numeracy.

Maths 4 Us
Maths4Us is a joint initiative between unionlearn, NIACE and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to encourage people to tackle numeracy, take-up numeracy learning and have fun with maths.

Maths Magic
Maths Magic’s goal is to make maths more appealing and enjoyable to a wider range of adult learners, so as to open up new opportunities for them in STEM subjects and careers.

National Numeracy: Learners
A useful overview of the key elements of numeracy learning, aimed at adult learners.

Relatively Prime: Stories from the Mathematical Domain
Relatively Prime is a series of eight shows all about the stories behind mathematics that Samuel Hansen dreamt up in an extreme bout of egotism and delusion of grandeur where he spent too long listening to Radio Lab, This American Life, and Snap Judgment and began to think, 'Hey, I could do that'.