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Course Induction: Maths

Welcome to York Learning! Please familiarise yourself with this information before you start your course.
If you have questions we haven’t answered here, contact us: york.learning@york.gov.uk.

If you are reading this then you have already signed up for one of our Maths courses. This page is designed to give you some basic information about our service that should help you enjoy your course and get the most from your learning. We would particularly draw your attention to the sections on health and safety, Prevent and safeguarding. It is important that you read and understand these. Your tutor will highlight these sections and take you through the detail.

About your course

About your course

GCSE levels now run 1-9. 9 is the best possible level/grade. A Level 4 GCSE is equivalent to a GCSE C under the old system and is seen as such by employers, colleges and universities.

Functional Skills is often done as a starting point if you’ve not studied maths for a while or for those who need qualifications to access an apprenticeship or a job. Functional Skills levels start with Pre-Entry, then Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 and then to Level One and Level Two. Level Two is the best possible level/grade we offer. Level Two is seen by employers as working at the same level as Grade 4 GCSE (the old C grade)

The Functional Skills maths exam has two parts – a calculator part and a non-calculator part. You will sit both parts at the same time.

You will need to look at your course guide, which will be on your email confirming booking, and check what equipment you need to have with you for your course. Please try and make sure that you have equipment before the first class (for example, this might include a calculator.)

What we ask of you

  • Attend every session that you can, arrive on time and let us know if you are unable to attend.
  • Complete work in the timescale agreed with your tutor.
  • Treat our staff and other learners in the class with respect.
  • Fill in review sheets to give us your views.

Course cancellations and refunds

  • If we cancel a course you will be given a full refund.
  • If we have to cancel an individual session then no refund will be available if this is less than 10% of the total course.
  • All other refunds are at the discretion of the Head of York Learning. If a refund is given, an administration charge may apply.
  • If you decide to leave once a course has started, there will be no refund given under any circumstances.


We have very high levels of satisfaction. However, from time to time things do go wrong. If you are not satisfied with your course then please do one of the following:

  • Discuss the issue with your tutor or centre staff as soon as possible.
  • Give feedback via our on-course and end of course reviews.
  • Email us at york.learning@york.gov.uk.

Bad weather

Occasionally, classes have to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions. In adverse weather conditions it is not feasible for us to contact everyone, so please check before travelling. We will post information about closed classes on our website and via social media.


York Learning & Prevent

What is Prevent and what can you do?

“Prevent” is one strand of the UK Government’s anti-terrorism strategy, designed to raise awareness of and report any behaviours which might be a sign that an individual is being radicalised or might adopt extremist ideas. We incorporate “Prevent” into our safeguarding arrangements designed to keep all of our learners safe.

People might become radicalised when they are vulnerable, through circumstances such as economic  pressures, relationship breakdown or changes in family or personal situations. Of course, these are not in themselves signs that somebody will become radicalised, more that individuals in such situations are more vulnerable.

If you have a concern about an individual, then you should alert your tutor or another member of our staff who will know what to do next and be able to inform you of our procedure. Remember you are simply reporting a concern and it will be up to others, who have a wider understanding, to judge whether the information you provide is significant enough to act upon.

One of the best ways to avoid radicalisation is to build communities. We very much value the contribution that all of our learners and tutors make to this by working with and supporting each other, celebrating differences and respecting each others’ views.


Have you noticed a change in behaviour, such as someone becoming withdrawn or acting differently?


Make a note, including dates, so you can give the Safeguarding team as much detail as you can.


Contact the York Learning Safeguarding team as soon as possible.

Terrorists incidents and keeping safe

Fortunately incidents of terrorist attacks are rare, but that is not to say that the threat of an attack should not be taken seriously. Therefore we are highlighting the advice of the UK Counter-Terrorism Police in the event of an incident:


Run to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to run, then hide.


It’s better to hide than confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.


Tell the police by calling 999, when it is safe to do so.

These three simple actions are designed to get you away from the incident and keep you safe until the police or appropriate authorities arrive to deal with the threat.

If you have a concern about any of this advice, including our Prevent strategy or how to keep safe in the event of an incident, please contact our Safeguarding and Prevent team on:

07798 660109

Health & Safety

Health & Safety Information

For the most part, the activities that you take part in during your time with York Learning will be safe and should not involve any risk to yourself. However, you should always be aware of any potential health and safety issues and risks. Where you think an activity is unsafe or where you think that someone’s actions could cause a health and safety incident, please let us know.

Health and safety is a shared responsibility. Outlined below is what we expect of you, and also what we will do to ensure that you are kept safe.

We ask you:

  • Not to engage in any activities that will put other learners at risk.
  • Not to bring any items into class that could pose a health and safety risk.
  • To tell us if you have any health conditions that could mean you require us to take action to keep you safe.
  • To tell us if you think there are potential health and safety issues that you notice whilst you are in your class or whilst moving around the building.

We will:

  • Check our classrooms and other facilities to ensure that they meet the required health and safety standards.
  • Inform you about our fire evacuation and first aid procedures.
  • Carry out risk assessments of particular activities and put control measures in place to minimise risk.

If you’re attending your course online, make sure you’re sitting comfortably at your computer. Can you match the descriptions to the different areas below?

British Values

British Values and how we implement them

British values are simply the important human values which we want to follow here in the UK and here at York Learning. These include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

We are committed to ensuring that all our learners are treated fairly and with respect. We hope to achieve this by:

  • Modelling our behaviour to promote these values.
  • Creating an environment where it is safe to express your views.
  • Ensuring that in expressing your views, that expression does not impact negatively on other faiths and beliefs.


Our priority is to ensure that all of our learners are safe. We have a particular responsibility to keep vulnerable people safe, and this is called our “safeguarding duty”. This is our policy and practice for ensuring that vulnerable people are not exploited or taken advantage of. All of our staff are appropriately checked, including using police checks where necessary, and we ensure that all of our learners know who to speak to if they are worried about themselves or another learner.

If you do not feel safe or wish to make a report about another learner who you feel is in danger of being exploited, please contact our Safeguarding team. If you feel that an individual is in immediate danger, always phone the police.

Contact the Safeguarding team at SafeAtYorkLearning@york.gov.uk or 07798 660109

Safeguarding: Look out for signs of physical abuse
Safeguarding: Look out for signs of sexual abuse
Safeguarding: Look out for signs of financial abuse
Safeguarding: Look out for signs of emotional abuse
Safeguarding: Look out for signs of discrimination
Safeguarding: Look out for signs of extremism

Ask For Angela

If you feel that you are unsafe or threatened, during a class you can ‘Ask for Angela’.  Your tutor will understand that this is a discreet codeword and that you are in an unsafe situation.


Help Me Signal

If you are experiencing violence at home, this hand signal can be used to ask for help on a video call or in person without leaving a digital trace. Your tutor will recognise this sign and that you are in need of help.

Other information

Other services we provide

Advice about what to do next

For information about other courses available across the city, including English, maths, IT or apprenticeships, or if you need advice and guidance about your long-term learning or employment prospects, please contact us on 01904 554277 or visit us at West Offices.

Support within your class

If you think you can only fully participate in your course with some extra support, please let us know. We might be able to help with:

  • Reading, writing and maths support
  • Special equipment and other aids
  • Information on access to, or help getting around buildings
  • Extra time to finish the course or an exam
  • Someone to explain and help you to do things in class
  • Religious or faith needs

Help with costs on your accredited course

Funding is available for learners on all of our accredited courses whose level of income might prevent them from completing a course. We will consider applications to fund:

  • Home to course travel (public transport within city boundaries only)
  • Essential equipment for the course
  • Course materials
  • Course visits
  • Childcare expenses
  • Course fees (in exceptional circumstances)

For more information please contact our Learner Support Manager Jill Murphy on 07798 660109 or jill.murphy@york.gov.uk.