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Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Functional Skills Maths

Functional Skills Mathematics will improve your job prospects and will be very important if you want to progress with your learning. These qualifications are designed to give learners the mathematics skills to function confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. The will provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to support students to progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes GCSE Mathematics courses, as well as courses in other disciplines.

If you are aged 19 or older and have not previously attained a GCSE grades A* to C in English and maths this course could be FREE.
Please apply and you will be contacted with more information.

Course Duration:

Part Time

1 year


Hadlow Campus

Course Cost



The course duration is thirty-two weeks, comprising weekly one and a half hour sessions with the expectation of two hours independent study between sessions.

Why should students study this programme?

Functional Skills Mathematics will develop and build on current skills and develop the ability to apply these skills to everyday situations for example. Redecorating costs, managing your money and bills.
The college has excellent resources and these can be utilised to put the mathematics theory developed into practice.

Course Content:

The programme is broken down into the following areas:           

  • Number
  • Handling data
  • Measure shape and space measurements

Skills and Experience Gained:

The programme develops skills in the following areas:           

  • Fours rules of number
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Graphs and charts
  • Averages
  • Using measures
  • Conversions
  • Area perimeter and volume
  • Peer assessment
  • Reflection
  • Teamwork
  • Independent learning

Assessment Methods:

Edexcel Functional Skills Mathematics is a linear course, focused on the application of maths skills in everyday life.

Assessment consists of an externally set and marked, 90 minute exam where the use of a calculator is permitted. The exam can be online or paper based.

Entry Requirements:

All students are required to carry out a pre-course assessment and short interview. Previous qualifications in mathematics will support the level of Functional Skills you work towards.

Progression Routes:

Functional Skills Mathematics provides a strong foundation and will develop employability skills. It will prepare for further academic and vocational studies and can support progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes GCSE Mathematics courses, as well as courses in other vocational disciplines.

Start Dates

Wednesday 20th September 2017, 17:30 - 19:00 (Hadloa)

Register your interest

If you’re interested in signing up for this course then leave your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

You require the following equipment:

  • a calculator
  • pens highlighters (three colours) and pencils
  • ruler
  • notepad
  • a file to keep your work safe

Access to revision guides and texts books, further resource are available on MOODLE to be used throughout the duration of the course.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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