Functional Skills: Maths Level 1

Functional Skills: Maths

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Our Functional Skills: Maths course will equip your learners with Level 1 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: 

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

  • Unit 1: Positive and negative numbers

Unit 1 summary: Learners will look at reading, writing, ordering and comparing positive and negative numbers of different sizes and will carry out calculations with numbers. 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: 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: 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 learners how to order, add, subtract and compare different amounts and quantities by using proper and improper fractions. 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: Learners will 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: This unit identifying and knowing the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and provides a range of practice questions for learners to complete throughout the unit to test their knowledge in these areas.

  • Unit 7: Ratio and direct proportions

Unit 7 summary: In this unit, learners will look at when ratios are used in daily life and why it is sometimes necessary to simplify ratios. Learners will also 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: Learners will explore the importance of time and the relationships between time and money. Budgeting will also be covered in this unit to improve the learner’s knowledge of money.

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

Unit 2 summary: In this unit 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 3: Converting between measurements (metric and imperial)

Unit 3 summary: 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.

  • Unit 4: Shapes

Unit 4 summary: Learners will look at tessellation, symmetry 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 learners will look at 2D and 3D shapes and rotational symmetry.

  • Unit 5: Scale

Unit 5 summary: This unit teaches 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.

Handling information and data (Functional Skills Maths Level 1)

  • Unit 1: Averages

Unit 1 summary: Learners will explore mean and range 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: 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: 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 also be covered in this unit.

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