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Maths Functional Skills

Functional Skills Maths Level 1

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 uses real-life examples to help you learn Maths. This is an online maths course will allow you to study anytime, anywhere with desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet device and an internet connection. Learn maths online at your own pace and earn a nationally recognised Functional Skills Maths Level 1 qualification.

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.


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What to expect

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.

Qualifications Included

Level 1 Maths Functional Skills

Entry Requirements

Our Courses are Available to All Eligible Adults

You Will Require Use of a Laptop or Desktop Computer


24/7 online learning platform access on all devices.

Access to tutorials, fact sheets and worksheets.

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No Contract – pay as you go and cancel your payments at any time.


One 30 minute one-to-one lessons per month by phone or using Zoom.

24/7 online learning platform access on all devices.

Access to tutorials, fact sheets and worksheets.

No Contract – pay as you go and cancel your payments at any time.

Does not not include marking of mock papers and feedback which can be purchased separately

What You'll Be Studying..

Course Modules

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Getting your Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths


How much does this course cost?

The course is free to all eligible adults, you can find out if you’re eligible for funding by clicking the apply now button. If you are not eligible for funding then alternatively you can purchase access to the course by using one of our monthly subscription services by clicking on the buy now buttons above.

Can I do a level 1 functional skills then take a functional skills level 2 after?

If you pass the level 1 Functional Skills then 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.

Is the course fully online?

Yes, this course is 100% online however you’d need to commit to two mandatory live sessions per week.

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