Level 3 Essential Mathematics for Engineers (Maths Bridging Course)

Rated 4.97 out of 5 based on 31 customer ratings
(31 customer reviews)

£11.99 / month


This course covers the core Mathematics topics that are studied during any level 3 Engineering programme. If you are currently studying Engineering at level 3, or wish to revise prior to commencing an Engineering qualification at level 4 or above, then this maths bridging course has been developed with you in mind.

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Who is the ‘Essential Mathematics for Engineers’ Course Designed For?

This Maths Bridging Course is suitable for anyone studying, or considering studying maths or engineering at Level 3 or above.

If you are already studying engineering, then it is likely that you would benefit from compounding your understanding of the core mathematical skills that are commonly used in engineering.

If you are considering studying engineering at any level, then it is essential that you gain a sound foundation in mathematics, by mastering the skills contained in this course.  Engineering is largely analytical in nature and each of the topics in this course will help to improve your potential as an engineer.

When studying a level 4 qualification (or above) with any institution, it will be assumed that you can apply all of the principles covered in this maths bridging course. If you study a higher level programme with the Engineers Academy®, then you will be given complementary access to this course, alongside your main programme, for revision purposes.

Disclaimer: Please note that you will not receive a level 3 qualification upon completion of this course, as it has been designed specifically to support students who are currently studying related disciplines, or who are preparing for further study in Engineering. It is not a qualification in its on right.

If you are unsure, please Contact Us for more information before purchasing this online course.

What is included in the ‘Essential Mathematics for Engineers’ Maths Bridging Course?

The list below provides an overview of the topics covered in this course:

1.  Number

  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Standard Form and Metric Prefixes

2.  Area and Volume

  • Areas of Complex and Compound Shapes
  • Volumes of Complex and Compound Shapes

3.  Algebra

  • Rearranging and Solving Equations
  • Factorisation
  • Quadratic Formula
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations
  • Laws of indices and Logs
  • Exponential Growth and Decay
  • Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions
  • Complex Numbers

4.  Graphs

  • Plotting Straight Line Graphs
  • Solving Simultaneous Equations Graphically
  • Solving Quadratic Equations Graphically
  • Graphical Solutions to Non-Linear Simultaneous Equations
  • Power Functions and Log Graphs

5.  Trigonometry

  • Converting Angular Measurements
  • Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry
  • Trigonometric Function Graphs
  • Sin and Cosine Rules
  • Trigonometric Formulae
  • Combining Trigonometric Graphs

6.  Statistics

  • Averages for Discrete and Grouped Data
  • Representing and Interpreting Discrete Data
  • Representing and Interpreting Continuous Data
  • Advanced Statistical Techniques

7.  Calculus

  • Basic Differentiation
  • Basic integration
  • Differentiation: Chain Rule
  • Differentiation: Product Rule
  • Differentiation: Quotient Rule
  • Differentiation: Maxima and Minima
  • Numeric Integration

31 reviews for Level 3 Essential Mathematics for Engineers (Maths Bridging Course)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I started this course as preparation for HNC in electrical to boost my maths knowledge. It’s a number of years (33) since I last studied & I found this course really useful & interesting. I like the fact you can do as much or as little as you want at a time. Even if I don’t do the HNC it will help me when the kids get to secondary school and I need to understand their homework. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of engineering Mathematics or wanting to do an engineering HNC.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback Andrew. We are grateful for your input and happy that you have benefited from the course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Igorssuna (verified owner)

    At first I thought why do I need this course and why I cannot just do HNC straight away. NOW I do understand the reason for it. It is really great course and the support from Andy Smith is excellent.
    The last time I was doing Math was 16 years ago and I was a bit worried if I can do it. For my surprise I am doing it very well so far. I like the fact it gives you 5 attepmts and only the highest score is the end result. By the time you reach the 5th attempt you should be able to get it right.
    I love the previous comment which says this course will help me to do homework for kids if they cannot do it in right way.
    Thanks Andy for this course and other courses i will do on your website. Well managed, easy to use, support from the admin is brilliant.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback Igors. You are making great progress and asking all of the right questions! We look forward to supporting you though an HNC upon completion of the bridging courses.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kris Rhodes

    I started this course in conjunction with the Electrical Fundamentals course in preparation for starting a HNC in Electrical Engineering Next year.
    Maths was not my strong point in school, neither was it my strong point during my RAF apprenticeship. I think I’m a bit slower on the up take with regards to methods and processes used. And in a classroom environment I felt that I got slightly left behind. The use of video tutorials and practice questions is the perfect combination for me and I seem to understand it a lot more than I ever have as I can go at my pace and do lots of practice so it’s cemented in my mind.
    Thank you very much.

    • andygsmith

      Hi Kris, thank you for your kind words. You have been making excellent progress in both courses and I am confident that you will be well prepared to study an HNC next year. Keep up the good work!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course really helps bridge the gap between A level and a HNC/HND – especially when you’ve had a big gap between learning. I used this course to help prepare to start a FDSC in power engineering and it really helped give me a sound mathematical and engineering base!
    Thank you Andy & team!

    • andygsmith

      Hi Heather, thank you for your feedback and kind words. All the best for your future studies!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam shepherd

    Excellent course.

    Its been a while since i have put pen to paper for the basic fundamentals of maths , but with andys excellent delivery skills , and vast knowledge this course was a great benefit to myself.

    Thanks again andy.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words Sam! I am glad you have benefited from the course and hope you feel well prepared for starting an HNC.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Senior

    Fantastic setup and guidance.
    It has been a long time for me since I have studied mathematics and I found that each lesson was very well structured and beneficial for my learning and development. Thoroughly enjoyed going through it all again.
    Great work on this Andy I appreciate all of the help.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you Adam. It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope to see you on the HNC soon!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Y solomon

    Great tool to assess current knowledge and what needs work. Instant results from assessments and easy to gauge where your at in your studies.
    Many thanks to Andy and his team, forever appreciative!

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words Yossief. I am pleased to see that you are making great progress on the HNC now too. Keep up the good work!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Having not completed academic studies for numerous years, this is the perfect course to bridge those years out of a classroom. The course offers a thorough reintroduction to studies through the detailed yet understandable videos. Andy’s explanations offer everything you need to develop and complete this course. Highly recommended, thanks a lot!

    • andygsmith

      Thank you Phil. I am glad you feel you have benefited from the course.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    timdavison78 (verified owner)

    This maths bridging course has been excellent. I previously signed up for an HNC with another provider thinking that i wouldn’t need to do a maths bridging course however having not done any mathematics since leaving school 22 years ago i was very wrong ultimately resulting in me having to drop out the course.
    The content and structure of the Engineers academy bridging course has been great and i now feel that in a short space of time i am back at a level where i am confident to move onto something more challenging.
    The support and communication from Andy has been great.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words Tim. I notice that you have started the Mechanical bridging course now and so you will be well prepared for the Mechanical HNC. Unfortunately your experience with other providers is not uncommon, as distance leaning is often a small part of their engineering provision. I am delighted you have found our student support to be effective and I hope to see you on the HNC soon!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    GrahamMills (verified owner)

    I went into this expecting a hard time as I had previously attempted A-Level Maths and dropped out after two weeks. I was trying, so the fact that I failed then but succeeded now can be credited to the learning structure and method. The lessons clearly laid out and excellently paced, while the progression through the topics will take you from a few simple percentage calculations to Calculus without any noticeable jump in difficulty level. It’s a credit to the design of this course that I’ve completed it.

    Previously I had tried another platform that claims to make maths problems easy. But when I tried it, I just found incredibly complex problems that don’t do anything to explain how conclusions are arrived at and made me feel worse, not better. The people designing the questions were just saying, “I get this. Not my problem if you don’t.”

    I’m really glad I kept looking and I’d encourage people to take this course even if they have no plans to study engineering, purely because it will boost your Maths confidence and grow your ability seamlessly. Thanks Andy for all your help and creating a platform that’s accessible and usable by everyone.

    • andygsmith

      Hi Graham, thank you for your kind words and an amazing review! It is useful for us to understand a little bit about your background, so that we can ensure our products meets the needs of our students. Keep up the hard word and we look forward to working with you more, now that you are starting the Mechanical Engineering HNC with us.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lewis Teagle

    Great start for the actual HNC. It put me in good stead as I do not think I’ve completed any academic work in 8 years +. It soon came back to me and anything I couldn’t figure Andy was always on hand to advise. The distance learning suits me perfectly as I can manage my own time with my work commitments that change on a weekly basis.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words and feedback Lewis. We are pleased that the structure of the course accommodates your work and other commitments and we look forward to working with you on the HNC programme.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Philip Gowers

    Both the course structure and content are fantastic. It’s been 10 years since I’ve studied any maths, and this course has been perfect for refreshing my knowledge base, while also clarifying a few things that I remember struggling with in school. I look forward to studying my HNC with Engineers Academy. Thanks again!

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words and positive feedback Phil. Well done on completing the Maths Bridging Course and we look forward to working with you on the HNC programme.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have completed this level 3 course as part of my HNC . The topics weren’t new to me as i had completed a similar one with another college however, this course was a lot better. The video tutorials are great as well as the whole structure of the course. When I got stuck I received support so I highly recommend this course.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for the feedback Istvan. I am glad you have found the course useful in preparation for the HNC Maths unit.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Higgins (verified owner)

    I took this course hesitantly as i had struggled previously with math, but after discussing my concerns with a colleague he put me onto Engineers Academy as he had previously completed the L3 Math. I was not disappointed.
    The course is structured extremely well. Clear and basic instruction with excellent support from Andy. The video tutorials are excellent and are much better than reading text books etc. I would highly recommend this course. Excellent.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words and positive feedback Scott. All the best for the future!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Corner

    I was initially apprehensive as its 23 years since i was at school and have no higher education. However the course can be taken at your own pace and the admin are always on hand to assist with any difficulties

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your comments and feedback David.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam Moore

    Have taken this Maths Bridging Course prior to starting one of the HNC courses. The platform was straightforward and easy to use with a good range of topics covered in depth. It was a great, cost effective way to prepare for the HNC and make sure the grey cells hadn’t rusted completely as I’ve been away from the world of academia for some time! It felt like it took me ages to work through the different topics however it’s been a worthwhile exercise to feel confident that I will be able to tackle the HNC maths element.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback Sam. We look forward to working with you when you begin studying the HNC programme.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    James (verified owner)

    The Maths Bridging course has been exactly what I needed to give me the confidence to purse my goal of studying for a HNC in engineering. The study platform is very user friendly and the content so far has been delivered in a very concise manner. I really feel like I’ve developed my skills significantly in a short space of time. I’m only at the beginning of my studies but it feels like an excellent service and learning platform.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your comments and feedback James. I am pleased to hear that you are benefiting from the course content and teaching methods.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    I started this course concurrently with the Electrical Fundamentals course, as a revision guide/re-entry to the Electrical/Electronic Engineering sector, having previously studied and worked in Engineering many years ago. The material has been well presented and methodical in its approach and it has helped me develop a strong knowledge and confidence platform for future studies/work. A nice surprise, was the use of Excel to carry-out mathematical activities to solve complex problems, now I am using it a lot more.
    Thanks Andy for the course(s), just excellent.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words and feedback Andrew and best of luck with your future studies. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to work with you again in the future!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    The course is simple to follow but yet brilliant as it ensures your continuous progression of mathematical knowledge. I did have some prior knowledge which i though would be needed however the lessons introduced me to new methods of solving problems. To ensure that you succeed simply watch the video lessons, understand the content, try some practise questions and then the quiz. Should you ever get stuck you can simply contact Andy for support. It really is that simple. There are no hidden fees and for the price it is a true bargain! Completing this course gave me a better understanding of maths which I aim to use in the HNC to great success god willing. Thanks again Andy for the help.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback and kind words Usman. We look forward to working with you when you commence the HNC in the future.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave (verified owner)

    This course is great for anyone wanting to progress to an HNC. The videos are easy to follow, well explained and to the point. I tried this course through an open university once before got stuck on a topic and ended up running out of time, I managed to complete this course in a matter of weeks. Engineers academy is also very responsive to emails.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your comments and feedback Dave! We look forward to working with you when you commence the HNC with us.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    A fantastic course to help prepare for my HNC. It was a great way of getting back into a study routine.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Having never been much of a mathematician this course appeared daunting at first glance. With the help of Andy and the other study material that is made available it doesnt take long to gain more confidence in each unit. This will definitley help me when progressing to the HNC.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mark Jelbert

    The material is very in depth and challenges you in order to think methodically in order to arrive at the right answer. I feel that this course has been very effective in keeping the material in my head for the course to come, with me being able to recall the principles with ease. The instruction was to a good quality and The instructor was always available to answer any questions i had when i got stuck. good course.

    • andygsmith

      Thank your for your positive feedback Mark! We look forward to working with you on the Mechanical Engineering HNC programme.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Green

    I undertook this course in preparation to undertake a HNC in Mechanical Engineering.
    The modules are set out in a logical progression and the videos are of a sufficient quality to bring the point and theory across.
    Whilst this is just a bridging course, it still requires an amount of effort and logical thought to complete successfully.
    Being a frequent traveler and a remote worker, the course is suitable for distance learning.
    The price is extremely fair for the quality and quantity of the content.
    This course is recommended

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your review and feedback Matt. We appreciate your input and look forward to working with you on the HNC programme.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gregor Mackintosh (verified owner)

    Having not studied maths since leaving school a number of years ago I undertook this course in order to prepare me for studying the HNC. The videos take you through each of the topics step by step and the questions are a good mix of challenges. I would certainly recommend this course for anyone looking to do a HNC both for the maths skills and to get you in the way of allocating time to study.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rashid Ibrahim

    Hi Andy, I have heard so many great reviews about this course. I was just wondering if this course is included in the engineering principles exam preparation package. Many Thanks, Rashid

    • andygsmith

      Hi Rashid, I am pleased to hear your have heard good things about this course. Some of the content from this course is included in the Level 3 ND Engineering Principles Exam Preparation course, but only the topics that are assessed in the exam. Statistics and differentiation are not included and some of the higher level algebra topics (i.e. complex numbers) are also not included.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Eggerton

    As a qualified electrician, I was looking for the best step towards becoming an Electrical Engineer.
    The Engineer’s Academy bridging course is the first step I have chosen, and it is brilliant!
    I never studied Maths before this, only at the most rudimentary level during high school, so I was unsure of how easy I would find it. The tutorials are excellent and very descriptive, and you also get 5 attempts for each exam. It tells you where you went wrong, which helps cement the new knowledge you are picking up. I would recommend this course to anyone.

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your kind words Michael! We are delighted to hear that you have developed your understanding of the topics covered in the course.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eden Jeffries

    Prior to this course, i had completed a level 3 Engineering course with another provider. I got in touch with the Engineers Academy about doing the Level 4 HNC. Andy thought it would be beneficial i did the bridging course first and he was absolutely right. The course went in to a lot more depth and taught a variety of new techniques for problem solving. The study platform layout was extremely easy to use. The best part of this course for me was having the learning material from Engineers Academy themselves which explains it all in their own videos. The way that each subject was explained was very clear and understandable. Overall a great experience and has made me want to choose Engineers Academy to continue my study. Thank you.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janet (verified owner)

    I initially did this course in solidarity with my daughter who is also doing it – and I loved it (especially as a pandemic distraction)! I’ve run a training organisation for 25 years and before that was in FE and would judge this to be high quality, substantial online delivery. We deliver a lot of functional maths courses and I will be recommending this as a L3 Maths course for any teacher who wants to develop their knowledge at this level – I think it’s of general interest, not just for engineers. Thanks for the course – hopefully I win the prize of oldest female student 🙂

    • andygsmith

      Thank you for your feedback and kind words Janet. We are delighted to hear that you have gained so much from the course and appreciate your endorsement of the course.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Maths wasn’t one of my strong subjects at school and genuinely having completed this now I feel so much more confident going into the next step which will be an HNC/HND. The videos are extremely helpful and it was such a great feeling not only passing, but doing well on an exam when previously I wouldn’t have had a chance in answering the questions! For the price and what you get out of it you really won’t do better than this. Thanks Andy!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    I did this course as preparation for the HNC, it was very well structured and the site was easy to use. The video tutorials are really clear and concise, it helps to build confidence for future studies. It’s very refreshing to learn at your own pace and to have the information you need at your fingertips, looking forward to doing the next step!

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