What is Functional Skills Maths?

These are maths courses for adults over the age of 18. There are five levels to functional skills; Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

This is a qualification which is recognised by many employers and is very helpful in helping to gain better employment opportunities.

Each level provides adults with improved maths skills which are required for work and day-to-day activities. The higher the level attained the better it is for the learner as this will represent higher development of skills. The level 2 qualification is equivalent to a pass in English GCSE (9 to 4 or an A* to C grade in the old grading system).

Functional Skills teaches learners valuable skills required for work which will enhance their job opportunities and also skillset and capabilities. The course covers necessary maths skills including problem solving, analysing data and simple calculations.

Why Study Functional Skills Maths?

It provides you with the chance to gain a qualification in maths which is equivalent to that of a GCSE which employers are on the lookout for. Doing Functional Skills Maths will allow adult learners to:

  • Apply for better skilled jobs which require a GCSE or equivalent in Maths
  • Progress onto further education (A-Levels)
  • Progress onto University
  • Enrol onto an apprenticeship
  • Progress into a career in teaching or nursing
  • Take an active part in helping their children with work from school
  • Become more confident in using maths skills in day-to-day life

Is Functional Skills Maths a Recognised Qualification?

Yes, this is a qualification which is recognised by all the professional bodies across the UK including educational bodies, training bodies and also employers. This is a recognised equivalent to a pass in GCSE maths and it is required by many employers to have for professional employment.

The curriculum for Functional Skills Maths is set by the government and therefore, all the modules are up to date with the required standards. Once the course is completed and if the learners pass the assessment, the learners will receive a certificate to show this.

Functional Skills maths is accredited by examining bodies which include:

  • City & Guilds
  • Pearson
  • NCFE
  • AQA
  • NOCN
  • OCR

Our certificates are awarded by NCFE, Pearson and City & Guilds.


Functional Skills Maths Assessment

Learners begin with registering for the course and learners will have to complete an initial assessment to show what level they are capable of doing for the qualification.

Learners will have to attend classes which will consist of topics where they will be taught everything on the syllabus which lasts usually from 4-8 weeks. Learners will then face a maths exam which will cover the topics they have covered and the learner must achieve a certain amount of marks to pass the assessment and gain the certificate.

Functional Skills Maths Syllabus

The Functional Skills maths syllabus includes:

  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Shape and Space
  • Writing
  • Handling Data
  • Money

At Apex Skills Training we offer Functional Skills maths courses from Entry Level 1 to Level 2 so we are sure to offer a course for every adult interested in the course.

Contact us today to complete the registration process and begin your journey towards a brighter future.