Functional Skills mathematics are free standing qualifications designed to give learners skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ recommendations that learners would benefit from a thorough grounding in the basics and the ability to problem-solve. Functional skills qualifications are available in English, mathematics and ICT and they assess the standards, coverage and range.
There are no formal entry requirements for Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications; however, centres we ensure that learners have the maturity and experience to access functional skills assessment before they are entered.
Assessment for these qualifications is summative and should only be attempted when the learner has acquired the functional mathematics skills and knowledge to achieve success. Assessment can take place in any supervised environment which can support a paper-based assessment and includes the learner’s workplace.
The assessment tasks cover all the skill standards for the level and sample the coverage and range. All the coverage and range are assessed over a one year cycle of assessments. This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.
All required equipment will be provided in the workplace.