UPGRADE OFFER: Maths subject knowledge: understanding number NE207 / A20

4 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. Improve your subject knowledge of numbers as part of the maths curriculum for students aged 11-16 years.

We use numbers every day, but do we really appreciate how they work? There are lots of fascinating connections and patterns to explore once you delve into the mathematical structure of how simple numbers work.

On this course, you will develop an understanding of the underlying mathematical structure of everyday mathematics. You will learn why mathematical methods work and find the connections between different areas of maths so that you can appreciate the interconnected nature of different maths topics.

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Book onto our Maths: Understanding number online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £30 + VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.

Usual upgrade price is £82 on FutureLearn.

Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers and educators who don’t have a specialism in maths, but wish to learn mathematical methods and improve their understanding.

The content is suitable for non-specialist mathematics teachers, teaching assistants, supply teachers and home educators.

What topics are covered?

This four week courses covers:

·         The history of numbers and different types of numbers

·         Working in different number bases

·         Factors, multiples and prime numbers

·         The order in which we perform calculations

·         Exact answers

·         Number sequences

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time.


You will be able to:

  • explore how the number system we use every day actually works
  • investigate patterns created when exploring factors of numbers, multiples of numbers and prime factorisation of numbers
  • explain when and why two negatives make a positive
  • describe the order in which operations are performed
  • explore a variety of different number sequences


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In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and your progress on this course will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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* Your school or college will receive the subsidy on successful completion of the CPD and impact toolkit. Find out more.

Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£30.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£30.00 +VATSubsidy available*£0.00

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