Functional Skills: Maths

Functional Skills: Maths


Our Functional Skills: Maths course will equip your learners with Level 2 knowledge of the following topics: numbers, measurements and handling data.

Your learners will work through all three modules in each area to fully prepare them for their Functional Skills examinations. Each module includes practice assessments, challenging activities and reflective learning to allow your learners to develop the crucial knowledge and skills needed to pass their exams successfully.

This course includes three key modules: 

Handling information and data

  • Unit 1: Averages

Unit 1 summary: Your learners will explore mean, median, mode, range and frequency distribution within this unit. They will learn how to estimate and use these different aspects to compare two different sets of data.

  • Unit 2: Probability

Unit 2 summary: Your learners will explore probability and will 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: Your learners will 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 be covered in this unit, as well as two way frequency tables which can also be used as a way of displaying mathematical data.   

Measures, shapes and space

  • Unit 1: Time and money

Unit 1 summary: In this unit, your learners will explore speed, distance, and time individually and the relationship between them. Your learners will look at formulas that can be used when measuring each of these aspects and how this all links together. Budgeting, conversion and exchange rates will also be covered in this unit to improve the learner’s knowledge of money.

  • Unit 2: Converting between measurements

Unit 2 summary: Your learners will 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. Temperature will also be covered in this unit where your learners will look at conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

  • Unit 3: Perimeter, area and volume (including circles and triangles)

Unit 3 summary: In this unit your learners will 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 within this unit.

  • Unit 4: Shapes

Unit 4 summary: Your learners will look at tessellation, symmetry, coordinates and angles in this unit, completing practice questions along the way to test their knowledge on each area. The unit covers a wide variety of shapes and how to calculate the circumference of shapes. Your learners will look at 2D and 3D shapes, rotational symmetry and coordinates within the unit.

  • Unit 5: Scale

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

Using numbers and the number system

  • Unit 1: Positive and negative numbers

Unit 1 summary: Within this unit, your learners will look at reading, writing, ordering and comparing positive and negative numbers of different sizes and will carry out calculations with numbers up to one million. Your learners will use different strategies to check their answers, including elements of estimation and approximation.

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

Unit 2 summary: Your learners will 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: In this unit, your learners will look at 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 your learners how to order, add, subtract and compare different amounts and quantities by using proper and improper fractions. Your learners will look at different types of fractions, and will learn how to compare fractions, simplify fractions and express one number as a fraction of another number.

  • Unit 5: Percentages

Unit 5 summary: Your learners will explore the methods used to find percentages, reverse 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: This unit looks at identifying and knowing the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and provides a range of practice questions for your learners to complete throughout the unit to test their knowledge in these areas.

  • Unit 7: Ratio, inverse and direct proportions

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

The benefits of this course include:

  • This course is delivered via distance learning, allowing your learners to choose when and where they study
  • Study will enhance both your learners personal skills and professional development
  • Personal Tutors are assigned to your learners to ensure that they have the support needed to succeed.

Once you have completed this course, you could progress onto the following:

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