NCFE Functional Skills Mathematics


Level 1 Functional skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade E-D (2-3) and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade C-A* (4-9).  Entry Levels give students the basics in Mathematics, ensuring a solid gateway to higher levels.


You will be required to study Mathematics if you do not have a Level 2 qualification or GCSE at least grade C or 4 when you join us.


How will I learn?

All our Mathematics courses are aimed at giving our students a working understanding of Mathematics and a real-world basis for what they are studying.  These courses are taught in small group sizes.  The course is varied and tries to encompass the life of Woodpecker Court.

Students are baseline assessed on entry to our provision to ensure they are taught at the appropriate level.

What will I learn?

Mathematics has 2 units, Calculator and Non-Calculator, they are assessed internally or externally depending upon the level you are studying.

How will it be delivered? 

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to enable students to gain confidence in using mathematics. The qualifications provide a foundation for progression into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life, where the skills gained can be applied to solve mathematical problems.

The purpose of Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications are to demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic and underpinning mathematical skills appropriate to the level, and the ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations.

They are suitable for a wide range of individuals and are fundamental to the successful completion of various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

Mathematics is usually taught in one of our classrooms, but it is continually re-enforced in your other subjects and outdoor activities.

Next steps

Functional Skills Mathematics can enable transition to GCSE or forms the basis of requirements in Apprenticeships or other work.