The Functional Skills Maths qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics. Additionally Functional skills  Maths requirements are integrated within GCSE Mathematics.

Our Functional Skills Maths revision resources includes worksheets, Maths tests and past papers. On their own they are a great resource but to gain maximum benefit they should ideally be used with a tutor.

At Entry 3 Functional Skills Maths A learner should be able to

•  Add and subtract using three-digit numbers
• solve practical problems involving multiplication and division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
• round to the nearest 10 or 100
• understand and use simple fractions
• understand, estimate, measure and compare length, capacity, weight and temperature
• understand decimals to two decimal places in practical contexts
• recognise and describe number patterns
• complete simple calculations involving money and measures
• recognise and name simple 2-D and 3-D shapes and their properties
• use metric units in everyday situations
• extract, use and compare information from lists, tables, simple charts and simple graphs

At Level 1 Functional Skills Maths learners should be able to:

• understand and use whole numbers and understand negative numbers in practical contexts
• add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies
• understand and use equivalences between common fractions, decimals and percentages
• add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places
• solve simple problems involving ratio, where one number is a multiple of the other
• use simple formulae expressed in words for one- or two-step operations
• solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
• convert units of measure in the same system
• work out areas and perimeters in practical situations
• construct geometric diagrams, models and shapes
• extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
• collect and record discrete data and organise and represent information in different ways
• find mean and range
• use data to assess the likelihood of an outcome.

At Level 2 Functional Skills Maths learners should be able to:

• understand and use positive and negative numbers of any size in practical contexts
• carry out calculations with numbers of any size in practical contexts, to a given number of decimal places
• understand, use and calculate ratio and proportion, including problems involving scale
• understand and use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages
• understand and use simple formulae and equations involving one or two operations
• recognise and use 2-D representations of 3-D objects
• find area, perimeter and volume of common shapes
• use, convert and calculate using metric and, where appropriate, imperial measures
• collect and represent discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate
• use and interpret statistical measures, tables and diagrams, for discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate
• use statistical methods to investigate situations
• use probability to assess the likelihood of an outcome.

Functional Skills Maths