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Maths, Functional Skills

  • 1

    Level 1

  • Duration
    5 months

  • Start Date
    February 2021

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • February 2021, Part Time


Functional Skills in Maths is a part time course for students over 19. If you want to develop your Maths skills but aren't ready for GCSEs yet, then Functional Skills is a good starting point. We offer both Entry Level and Level 1 Maths Functional Skills qualifications, all of which help students to develop a range of basic calculation skills and enhance their problem-solving abilities. The qualification is recognised by colleges and employers and some universities accept Functional Skills instead of GCSEs. The course is offered on a day or evening basis and the classes are usually 2 1/2 hours long.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will have to complete an assessment online before places are offered and it is usually on a first come first served basis, this will determine the Functional Skills level students are placed upon.


Unlike GCSEs you are able to take your test when you are ready and at the level that suits you. The tests are online or paper based.


Students may go on to higher levels in Functional Skills, GCSE or other higher level studies.

Career Progression

The Functional Skills qualification is recognised by an increasing number of employers and could be useful in a wide variety of career choices. The course is about developing essential skills of recognising problems, pursuing solutions, and communicating explanations, all of which are highly sought after in the workplace.


The course is free for students who have not already achieved a Grade C (Grade 4) or above in GCSE English. For those who already have a Grade C or above and are wishing to improve their grade please contact the Advice Shop on 01603 773773 for fee information.