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Functional Skills Maths

Are your maths skills a little rusty? Take the opportunity to improve your skills and achieve an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) maths qualification. These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you to upskill and gain employment. You will learn in a friendly, supportive online environment and at a pace to suit your needs.

Maths classes will take place once per week, between two to three hours per lesson. It is recommended that you also complete a couple of hours home study per week. Lessons take place on a variety of days and times to suit everyone's schedules. Functional Skills courses are free of charge, more details are available in the entry requirements section. 

Functional Skills courses will begin from August 2021. Please navigate this page for all of the maths information you need.

Entry Requirements
Initial Assessments
Entry Maths / Level 1 and 2 Maths
Exams
Contact

Entry Requirements


Functional Skills courses are free of charge. Entry onto the course depends on the individuals situation. This will be established during initial contact. However, at the moment the entry requirements are as follows:

  • Are aged 19 years;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, each level you study will be charged at £135 and the assessment will be charged at £20 per subject.

Assessments for Functional Skills Maths


You must sit an assessment in order to join a Functional Skills maths course. Maths assessments take approximately 1 hour. Initial assessments are held online every Friday, 1pm-4pm (excluding bank holidays and school holidays).

The level at which you join a Functional Skills maths course is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold. You may incur a waiting period in between completing your assessment and starting lessons.

To book an initial assessment please call 01325 405601, call / text / WhatsApp 07932 869325, email l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Functional Skills Maths – Entry Level

This course is suitable for those whose maths is currently below GCSE level and for those who want to further improve their skills. The emphasis is on building up the basics to continue on to higher levels. Improved numeracy skills will assist in maintaining your personal finances, shopping, household bills and in seeking or improving your employability.

The curriculum intent of Entry Level Functional Skills maths is for learners to gain knowledge, skills and confidence across the three main areas of maths–number, measures and data. The curriculum structure and delivery of the courses will help and support learners to progress to further maths learning at a higher level.

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The use of numeracy in money
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • Measurement - time, temperature, length, distance, weight and capacity
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • The use of perimeter of simple shapes

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a higher Entry level or a Level 1 (equivalent to a GCSE grades 1 – 3, previous grades GCSE D - G). Please bring a pen and notepad.


Functional Skills Maths - Level 1 and Level 2

This course is suitable for those whose Maths is currently below GCSE level or at Level 1 and for those want to further improve their skills. The emphasis is on building up the basics to progress to a Level 2 or GCSE. Improved numeracy skills will assist in maintaining your personal finances, shopping, household bills and in seeking or improving your employability.

The curriculum intent of Functional Skills maths is for learners to gain knowledge, skills and confidence across the three main areas of maths – number, measures and data. This will lead to an increase in ability to solve mathematical problems. Each level of Functional Skills maths builds on the previous level up to the completion of a Level 2 qualification. Level 2 is regarded as a GCSE equivalent by many employers and for entry on to higher level courses. Many learners who study Functional Skills maths also find it becomes a valuable tool in helping their children with their education.

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Ratio, proportion and scale
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Money and exchange rates
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • The use of averages and probability
  • Measurement - length, distance, weight and capacity
  • The use of perimeter, area and volume of simple and complex shapes, including using formulae

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a Level 2 if you are studying Level 1 or to a GCSE (a Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4). Please bring a pen and notepad.

Functional Skills Maths Exams


A requirement of Functional Skills courses (both classroom and online based) are to sit mandatory exams to achieve your qualification. Your exams will take place at L&S at The Coleridge Centre or L&S at Bennet House in Darlington, adhering to strict social-distancing measures. Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home or at any other venue.

Exams for Functional Skills in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. There are no nationally set dates and times for exams, you will only sit an exam after a period of study when your tutor and yourself mutually agree you are exam ready. Learning & Skills will book a variety of exam sessions and you will be invited to attend at least one of them.

Exams are currently held online and are no longer paper based. You will be allocated time in your lesson, or you will be invited to a practice session, for exam practice.

Maths exams take two hours to complete.