Numeracy SCQF Level 4/5

What is special about this course?

The course is aimed at building basic numerical skills and is suitable for those who want to build up their confidence with using numbers. The course is suitable for mature students who wish to improve their numeracy or gain a formal qualification. It’s also suitable for younger students who would like to consolidate their number skills before progressing to mathematics.

Entry requirements


The course starts by identifying students’ strengths and weaknesses with their numbers and builds confidence in areas where students are less confident.

The main areas of study are :

  • Using Numbers
  • Reading Graphs and Charts
  • Drawing Graphs and Charts

The numeracy course does not cover topics on algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

Normally students will work through SCQF Level 4 level first and then progress on to SCQF Level 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will join a class at college or at your local learning centre and learn through lecturer input, group discussions and practical exercises. You will be expected to do some study at home each week.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part-time course available at Shetland UHI and selected learning centres.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick

Start date

Flexible start dates from September through Learning Centres.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Students on part-time courses may be eligible for an Individual Training Account or to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You could progress to further study on a range of National Certificate programmes and SVQs.

Employment/Career: Numeracy at SCQF Level 5 is a required qualification for some jobs. The course meets one of the entry requirements for the Open University BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing course.

Former students have: Been successful in getting employment and moving onto other college courses.

Is there more information available online?

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“I was never very good with maths but I’ve really enjoyed this course as I could work at my own pace and the tutor was very helpful.”

“The numeracy course is a great way to build basic numeracy skills and gain confidence with numbers. Students can use the qualification as a stepping stone to further study with maths or as evidence that they have good numerical skills if applying for a job.”
Bob Campbell, Lecturer

Please email or call 01595 771000 to request a booking form

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.