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Mathematics Functional skills

Subject Overview

Functional Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 aims to promote mathematical thinking and transferable skills and is the foundation of skills for students working towards more advanced qualifications.  The course covers Maths which is useful in everyday situations and the world of work.  Students work with contextual material which emphasises the benefits of Maths to students who do not enjoy GCSE style learning and have been 'turned off' by the subject.

The Functional Mathematics specification is suitable for students of various ages and from diverse background in terms of lifelong learning.  The Level 1 qualification in Functional Mathematics provides a good basis for progression to Level 2 in Functional Mathematics and level 2 provides a good progression towards GCSE higher grades.

Functional skills is generally taught 1 to 1 to enable students to make progress at their own pace.


Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • Adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers
  • Solve practical problems
  • Multiplication by 2,3,4,5,10
  • Rounding to nearest 10 or 100
  • Understanding and using fractions
  • Estimating, measuring, comparing weight, capacity length and temperature
  • Understanding decimals to 2 decimal places in practical contexts
  • Recognising number patterns
  • Completing simple calculations involving money and measures
  • Recognising 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
  • Using metric units in everyday situations
  • Comparing information from lists, tables, charts and graphs
  • Understand and use whole numbers up to 2 significant figures
  • Understand addition and subtraction in practical situations
  • Using doubling and halving in practical situations
  • Recognising time and money
  • Recognising sequences
  • Use simple scales
  • Extract information from simple lists


Examination Board

  • AQA
  • unit Level 1 (specification code 4367)
  • Level 2 (specification code 4368).

The following link, gives the specification and past papers


Learning beyond the classroom

We offer a practical activities, which include charity events, where students become familiar with using money.  Students have access to the successmaker on line programme which gives them structured practice activities for Maths, and they are encouraged to complete at least 20 minutes a day using this programme.

Maths surrounds us in all aspects of life, and students are encouraged to use their mathematical skills in a range of situations, including using a timetable to plan a school trip, calculating the correct change after buying something, recognising mathematical patterns and applying logic.

Progression Pathways and Careers

Functional skills is a foundation course leading up to GCSE.  Most careers need an element of Maths, thanks to the growing importance placed on technology, big data and economic efficiency, by all kinds of organisations, expert number crunchers are increasingly in demand. Those who study maths are keen problem solvers, eager to make sense of even the most advanced equations. Academic research is a common career path, but so too are careers in teaching, business, economics, accounting and banking. Most employers ask for a maths qualification

Functional Skills Maths could lead on to further study at GCSE Maths, to broaden the depth of mathematical knowledge.

Useful Links

  • MyMaths
    An interactive online lesson and test for every topic taught in secondary school mathematics. Students get their own logins and their performance in the topic tests (online homeworks) are recorded so progress can be monitored. The online lessons are very good with nice animations showing topics that are difficult to teach using just a whiteboard, such as, constructions and 3D coordinates.
  • Mathematics Enhancement Programme 
    A resource for every topic! Pupil text books, practice books, tests and much more on every topic through the primary, secondary and A-level curricula.
  • NRich Maths
    A range of puzzles and activities for all abilities. The monthly puzzles really engage pupils as they can submit their solutions through the website and get them published online the following month.
  • Mr Barton Maths
    Fantastic resources for mathematicians of all abilities
  • Hegarty maths
    Award winning teacher, who has produced a number of videos and activities to help students in a range of topics

For further details Contact

Turaj Tahmessebi – teacher of Mathematics              
email Turaj@northgate.barnet.sch.uk