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Level 1 Functional Skills Maths

Course Overview

This functional skills maths course was designed to provide level 1 maths knowledge of the following topics numbers, measurements and handling data. Work through all three modules in each area to fully prepare for functional skills examinations. Each module includes practice assessments, challenging activities and reflective learning to develop the crucial knowledge and skills needed to pass exams successfully.

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Course Levels
Level 1
Level 1
Level 1

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Online materials
Online assessment

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Using numbers and the number system (Functional Skills Maths Level 1)

Unit 1: Positive and negative numbers

Unit 1 summary: Look at reading, writing, ordering and comparing positive and negative numbers of different sizes and will carry out calculations with numbers. Use different strategies to check their answers, including elements of estimation and approximation.

Unit 2: Decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Unit 2 summary: Explore the elements of ordering, approximating and comparing decimals, as well as looking at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals of up to three decimal places. There are practice questions embedded throughout the unit to test the learner’s knowledge.

Unit 3: Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and rounding

Unit 3 summary: Learn methods used to multiply and divide numbers by 10, by 100, and by 1000. Rounding numbers will also be covered, including how to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Unit 4: Fractions

Unit 4 summary: This unit will teach how to order, add, subtract and compare different amounts and quantities by using proper and improper fractions. Learn different types of fractions, how to compare fractions, how to simplify fractions and express one number as a fraction of another number.

Unit 5: Percentages

Unit 5 summary: Explore the methods used to find percentages and will look at percentage increase or decrease. This unit will cover working out percentages and calculating percentage change.

Unit 6: Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages

Unit 6 summary: Learn how to identify and know the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. A range of practice questions to complete are provided throughout the unit to test knowledge in these areas.

Unit 7: Ratio and direct proportions

Unit 7 summary: In this unit, look at when ratios are used in daily life and why it is sometimes necessary to simplify ratios. Explore direct proportions within this unit, before answering a set of practice questions linked to this topic.

Measures, shapes and space (Functional Skills Maths Level 1)

Unit 1: Time and money

Unit 1 summary: Explore the importance of time and the relationships between time and money. Budgeting will also be covered in this unit to improve knowledge of money.

Unit 2: Perimeter, area and volume (including circles and triangles)

Unit 2 summary: In this unit, explore the methods of calculating perimeter, area and volume and will complete practice questions in each area. The areas and volumes of shapes will also be covered.

Unit 3: Converting between measurements (metric and imperial)

Unit 3 summary: Look at the different units of measurements used in maths, as well as the ways of calculating in metric and converting between different units of weight.

Unit 4: Shapes

Unit 4 summary: Learn tessellation, symmetry and angles in this unit, completing practice questions along the way to test knowledge on each area. The unit covers a wide variety of shapes including both 2D and 3D shapes and rotational symmetry.

Unit 5: Scale

Unit 5 summary: This unit teaches how to calculate measurements from scales and how to create scales, before providing practice questions to test what they have covered in the learning content. Scale drawings and maps are key topics in this unit.

Handling information and data (Functional Skills Maths Level 1)

Unit 1: Averages

Unit 1 summary: Explore mean and range within this unit. Learn how to estimate and use these different aspects to compare two different sets of data.

Unit 2: Probability

Unit 2 summary: Explore probability and look at examples of probability statements before completing a range of practice questions on this topic. Independent and dependent events and tree diagrams will also be covered in this unit.

Unit 3: Graphs

Unit 3 summary: Look at how data can be represented on different types of graphs and charts, including bar charts, pie charts and scatter graphs. The correlation of graphs will also be covered in this unit.

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