Functional Skills Maths Level 1

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 is a nationally recognised qualification, accredited by awarding bodies including; AQA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, Open Awards and Pearson.

It will help prepare you for Functional Skills Maths Level 2, which is equivalent to a GCSE Maths pass grade.

Do you need a GCSE Maths pass grade or to apply for jobs, access higher education or complete an apprenticeship? Level 1 Functional Skills Maths is an important stepping stone to Level 2 Maths which is equivalent to a GCSE Maths pass grade.

This online Functional Maths Level 1 course uses real-life examples to improve your understanding of maths concepts and how to apply them. If you learn best with practical examples, this is the maths course for you.

  • Duration

You would need to commit to 15 hours of learning per week to complete this course in less than 6-8 weeks
  • Study Type

Our functional skills courses are accessible online at any time to suit your needs however there are two mandatory live sessions per week so you can receive advice from the tutor and discuss how we can further support you to gain your qualification.

  • Price

Courses starting from £189 or fully funded by the government (if available in your area)

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 Course Overview

Having your Functional Skills Maths (or GCSE equivalent) qualification is vital for many careers and could help you to progress into the career you want, as many careers require a basic level of maths and English.

Your Functional Skills qualification will also enable you to continue your education as it is a requirement for many further education courses, especially at degree level.

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 Units

Use of number and the number system: what you’ll learn

  • count in steps of various sizes, including negative numbers
  • read, write and understand positive whole numbers to one million
  • order and compare whole numbers of any size, and fractions, ratios and decimals and recognise the effect of multiplying and dividing by powers of 10, 100 and 1000
  • identify, compare and extend a range of numerical and spatial patterns
  • use, understand and calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages
  • calculate simple interest

Level 1 – Using numbers and the number system (whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages)

  • Read, write, order and compare large numbers (up to one million)
  • Recognise and use positive and negative numbers
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100, 1000
  • Use multiplication facts and make connections with division facts
  • Use simple formulae expressed in words for one or two-step operations
  • Calculate the squares of one-digit and two-digit numbers
  • Follow the order of precedence of operators
  • Read, write, order and compare common fractions and mixed numbers
  • Find fractions of whole number quantities or measurements
  • Read, write, order and compare decimals up to three decimal places
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to two decimal places
  • Approximate by rounding to a whole number or to one or two decimal places
  • Read, write, order and compare percentages in whole numbers
  • Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
  • Estimate answers to calculations using fractions and decimals
  • Recognise and calculate equivalences between common fractions, percentages and decimals
  • Work with simple ratio and direct proportions

Use of common measures, shape and space: what you’ll learn:

  • work out simple relationships between common units of measurement to define quantities, also involving mathematical terms for position and direction
  • apply and use calculations with common measures including money, time, length, weight and capacity
  • visualise, draw and describe 2-D and 3-D shapes and use properties of 2-D shapes in calculations

Level 1 – using common measures, shape and space

  • Calculate simple interest in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
  • Calculate discounts in multiples of 5% on amounts of money
  • Convert between units of length, weight, capacity, money and time, in the same system
  • Recognise and make use of simple scales on maps and drawings
  • Calculate the area and perimeter of simple shapes including those that are made up of a combination of rectangles
  • Calculate the volumes of cubes and cuboids
  • Draw 2-D shapes and demonstrate an understanding of line symmetry and knowledge of the relative size of angles
  • Interpret plans, elevations and nets of simple 3-D shapes
  • Use angles when describing position and direction, and measure angles in degrees

Handle information and data: what you’ll learn:

  • select, construct and interpret a range of statistical diagrams in various contexts
  • select and use methods and forms to present and describe outcomes
  • extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
  • apply simple statistics and recognise features of charts to summarise and compare sets of data
  • recognise and use the probability scale and interpret probabilities

Level 1 – Handling information and data

  • Represent discrete data in tables, diagrams and charts including pie charts, bar charts and line graphs
  • Group discrete data and represent grouped data graphically
  • Find the mean and range of a set of quantities
  • Understand probability on a scale from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain) and use probabilities to compare the likelihood of events
  • Use equally likely outcomes to find the probabilities of simple events and express them as fractions

Ask a question about this course.

    Hi there, I am interested in enrolling in the Functional skills Maths level 1 and I was wondering if you could please send me some information and the cost? I look forward to your reply, Regards, Alex
  1. Q Hi there, I am interested in enrolling in the Functional skills Maths level 1 and I was wondering...... Read more
    A

    Hi Alex, 

    Thank you for getting in touch. 

    If you are interested in the funded Functional Skills Maths Level 1 here is the link to find out more: https://www.thinkemployment.com/courses/functional-skills-maths-level-1/

    If it is self funded Functional Skills Maths Level 1 here is the link for that: https://www.thinkonlinetraining.com/product/functional-skills-maths-level-1-online-course/

    Hope this helps.

    Think Employment

  2. Can I do a level 1 functional skills then take a functional skills level 2 after?
  3. Q Can I do a level 1 functional skills then take a functional skills level 2 after?
    A Hi Penny, Thank you for getting in touch. If you pass the level 1 Functional Skills yes you can.  You would still need to do the initial assessment for the level 2 course just as you would for the Level 1 though. Hope this helps Think Employment
  4. How do I apply and pay for the course.
  5. Q How do I apply and pay for the course.
    A

    Hi Jade, 

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    So you can see if you are eligible for funding for the Maths L1 if you apply via this link: https://www.thinkemployment.com/courses/functional-skills-maths-level-1/

    If you are not eligible for funding you can visit this link and it will tell you costs and how to apply: https://www.thinkonlinetraining.com/product/functional-skills-maths-level-1-online-course/

    I hope this helps. 

    Think Employment 

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Career Prospects

With your Functional Skills Maths Level 1, you will be ready to move onto your Level 2 Functional Skills English Qualification.

Having your Functional Skills Maths (or GCSE equivalent) qualification is vital for many careers and could help you to progress into the career you want, as many careers require a basic level of maths and English.

Your Functional Skills qualification will also enable you to continue your education as it is a requirement for many further education courses, especially at degree level.

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