You can get ahead in work, education or daily life by building your Mathematics skills with the Functional Skills qualifications.  These qualifications are offered from Entry level 1 – level 2, teaching anything from the very basics to more advanced skills. This qualification is part of the apprenticeship framework.

Entry 1 – Entry 3 will suit you if you’d like to start with the basics by familiarising yourself with the language and tools involved, and subsequently begin to build your skills to solve straightforward problems. It will give you support and guidance before moving on to level 1

Level 1 – level 2 will suit you if you have some knowledge and basic skills and are ready to handle more complex problems, involving familiar and unfamiliar contexts. You’d like to learn how to express, understand or apply more advanced concepts or ideas.

 

Structure for Entry level 1

One internally set and marked assessment containing two tasks 1hr (paper-based)

Skill Standard for Entry level 1

Representing
1. Understand simple mathematical information in familiar contexts and situations

Analysing
2. Use mathematics to obtain answers to simple given practical problems that are clear and routine
3. Generate results that make sense for a specified task

Interpreting
4. Provide solutions to simple given practical problems in familiar contexts and situations

 

Structure for Entry level 2

One internally set and marked assessment containing three tasks 1hr (paper-based)

Skill Standard for Entry level 2

Representing
1. Understand simple practical problems in familiar contexts and situations
2. Select basic mathematics to obtain answers

Analysing
3. Use basic mathematics to obtain answers to simple given practical problems that are clear and routine
4. Generate results to a given level of accuracy
5. Use given checking procedures

Interpreting
6. Describe solutions to simple given practical problems in familiar contexts and situations

 

Structure for Entry level 3

One internally set and marked assessment containing three tasks 1 ½ hr (paper-based)

Skill Standard for Entry level 3

Representing
1. Understand practical problems in familiar contexts and situations
2. Begin to develop own strategies for solving simple problems
3. Select mathematics to obtain answers to simple given practical problems that are clear and routine

Analysing
4. Apply mathematics to obtain answers to simple given practical problems that are clear and routine
5. Use simple checking procedures

Interpreting
6. Interpret and communicate solutions to practical problems in familiar contexts and situations

 

Structure for Level 1

One externally set and marked assessment containing three tasks 1 ½ hr (on-screen or paper-based)

Skill Standard for Level 1

L1.1.1 Understand practical problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations, some of which are non-routine

L1.1.2 Identify and obtain necessary information to tackle the problem

L1.1.3 Select mathematics in an organised way to find solutions

L1.2.1 Apply mathematics in an organised way to find solutions to straightforward practical problems for different purposes

L1.2.2 Use appropriate checking procedures at each stage

L1.3.1 Interpret and communicate solutions to practical problems, drawing simple conclusions and giving explanations

 

Structure for Level 2

One externally set and marked assessment containing three tasks 1 ½ hr (on-screen or paper-based)

Skill Standard for Level 2

L2.1.1Understand routine and non routine problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations

L2.1.2 Identify the situation or problems and identify the mathematical methods needed to solve them

L2.1.3 Choose from a range of mathematics to find solutions

L2.2.1 Apply a range of mathematics to find solutions

L2.2.2 Use appropriate checking procedures and evaluate their effectiveness at each stage

L2.3.1 Interpret and communicate solutions to multistage practical problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations

L2.3.2 Draw conclusions and provide mathematical justifications