Functional Skills – Mathematics Level 1

Functional Skills – Mathematics Level 1

Subject Area: Adult Learning Maths


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Part-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 153130
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19 or older and successfully complete a screening assessment, which will be outlined via email upon application.

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    Functional Skills qualifications are designed to develop the learner’s ability to represent situations using mathematics, including analysing calculations, solving problems using mathematics, and interpreting mathematics to explain situations. Level 1 is assessed with a non-calculator and a calculator exam which will be taken simultaneously in one sitting totalling 1 hour 55 minutes.

    The course covers the following areas:

    • Using whole and negative numbers in practical contexts
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies
    • Fractions, Decimals ( to 2 decimal places) and Percentages
    • Solving simple ratio problems
    • Solving problems involving money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
    • Working out areas and perimeters in practical situations
    • Collect, record, and display data in different ways
    • Find mean (average) and range
    • Using data to assess the likelihood of an outcome


    Functional skills classes will take place once a week and be 3 hours in length.

    This course is available either face to face, or online. For the online courses learners will need a strong internet connection and a device to access the content (including a camera and a microphone).

    Course Highlights

    Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications were directly developed in response to employer perceptions as to what constitutes firm grounding in mathematical basics. They are designed to give learners the skills they need to operate confidently and effectively in the workplace and everyday life.

    Next Steps

    Students who successfully complete this course may wish to go on to undertake a Level 2 Functional Skills maths or GCSE maths course.

    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students who do not already have a GCSE grade D (3) or above in maths.

    Additional Costs

    Your tutor will advise you which text you need to purchase at the beginning of your course and a calculator.