Maths Functional Skills

This course is about developing vital numeracy skills. It is based around everyday topics and activities designed to help you improve your knowledge of Numbers, Measures shape and size and Handling data. You will become more confident in using maths in everyday situations, problem solving and develop transferable skills for home life and the work place. Maths Functional skills have been developed, to use maths in real life contexts and help individuals who may be less comfortable with maths concepts understand subjects quicker and employers to develop a professional and successful workforce.

A level 1 award is equivalent to a GCSE Grade D-E and a Level 2 to a GCSE Grade A- C

Course content

The course has three sections, Representing, Analysing and Interpretation covering Number skills, Measure shape and size and Handling data; all resources, tasks and assessment material are based around work place and everyday situations


  • Understand routine and non-routine problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations
  • Identify the situation or problems and identify the mathematical methods needed to solve them
  • Choose from a range of mathematics to find solutions


  • Apply a range of mathematics to find solutions
  • Use appropriate checking procedures and evaluate their effectiveness at each stage


  • Interpret and communicate solutions to multi-stage practical problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations
  • Draw conclusions and provide mathematical justifications

Subjects covered include: adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, money, time, length, weight, area, volume, Pi, charts/graphs, tables and shapes.

During your course you will progress through the following steps

An Initial assessment:                   To assess which level of course would be suitable for you

A Diagnostic assessment:              To assess your strengths and areas that require developing this will allow us to develop your individual skills plan (ISP)

Individual Skills Plan:                       This sets out a learning plan for you to follow and attaches relevant resources to match your individual needs.

Assessment:                                            The final stage to gain your qualification. This will be agreed with your tutor

You will also be assigned a personal online tutor for you to contact at any time via email.

The course can be accessed from any computer with your personal login details and takes on average 90 – 100 days study (13 – 15 weeks) although with your personal skills plan we are flexible to your requirements.

Course entry requirements and enrolment dates

There are no specific requirements required; an initial assessment will be required to access the course. The course runs all year with no set start dates

Assessment of your course

Once you have completed your skills plan and feel confident in taking your assessment we will arrange a date suitable for you. Each module has a separate assessment.

Cost of course

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For further details and enrolment please contact us or fill out the online application.