Functional Skills Maths – Level 1 & 2

Course code

ADFSMATDY

At application, select ‘Functional Skills – Mathematics Level 1 & 2’  and an adviser will contact you to discuss your options. 

Why study this course?

LEVEL 1

Many adults looking to progress, academically or professionally, are now required to have a Level 2 qualification in maths. This course offers maths at Level 1 and is designed as a starting point for learners who are not yet ready to complete the Level 2 qualification. The content supports the Level 2 curriculum and successful completion enables progression onto the level 2 course.

Functional Skills qualifications are widely recognised by employers and institutions as a suitable alternative to GCSE. Many employers were involved in designing the reformed Functional Skills specification in order to address gaps in skills and knowledge needed for the workplace.

Please make sure that Functional Skills is appropriate for your chosen progression route before enrolling.

Why study this course?

LEVEL 2

Many adults looking to progress, academically or professionally, are now required to have a Level 2 qualification in maths. This course offers maths at Level 2 which is recognised as equivalent to Grade 4 (C) at GCSE, therefore meeting the minimum required standard for employability.

Functional Skills qualifications are widely recognised by employers and institutions as a suitable alternative to GCSE. Many employers were involved in designing the reformed Functional Skills specification in order to address gaps in skills and knowledge needed for the workplace.

Please make sure that Functional Skills is appropriate for your chosen progression route before enrolling.

Course content

LEVEL 1

The course will follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for Functional Skills Mathematics at Level 1.

The course will be taught during the daytime via one session per week. This will take place at the Whittingham Road campus. Classes are available each day with a choice of morning or afternoon sessions.

You will be required to complete regular assessments in order for us to track your progress.

The course will be assessed via a single examination in Summer 2023. This comprises two papers – Section A which is a non-calculator assessment; and Section B in which calculator use is allowed.

There may be an opportunity for examinations to be taken earlier in the course, which will be determined on an individual basis depending on on-going assessment.

Examinations will take place at our Whittingham Road campus.

It is assumed that students will need to carry out a minimum of 2 hours independent study each week

Course content

LEVEL 2

The course will follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for Functional Skills Mathematics at Level 2.

The course will be taught during the daytime via one session per week. This will take place at the Whittingham Road campus. Classes are available each day with a choice of morning or afternoon sessions.

You will be required to complete regular assessments in order for us to track your progress.

The course will be assessed via a single examination in Summer 2022. This comprises two papers – Section A which is a non-calculator assessment; and Section B in which calculator use is allowed.

There may be an opportunity for examinations to be taken earlier in the course, which will be determined on an individual basis depending on on-going assessment.

Examinations will take place at our Whittingham Road campus.

It is assumed that students will need to carry out a minimum of 2 hours independent study each week

Entry requirements

LEVEL 1

There are no formal entry requirements.

Suitability for this course will be assessed via an initial skills assessment.

All students take an online diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic will identify strengths and areas needing support.

Dependent on this assessment it may be that decided the Level 1 course is not suitable, in which case an alternative course will be offered where possible.

The diagnostic test is taken prior to the start of the course and takes about 1 hour.

Entry requirements

LEVEL 2

There are no formal entry requirements. This course offers progression for learners who have previously completed Functional Skills maths at Level 1 but this is not compulsory.

Suitability for this course will be assessed via an initial skills assessment.

All students take an online diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic will identify strengths and areas needing support.

Dependent on this assessment it may be that decided the Level 2 course is not suitable, in which case an alternative course will be offered where possible.

The diagnostic test is taken prior to the start of the course and takes about 1 hour.

Materials

You will need to bring a pen, pencil and paper to each lesson.

All other equipment will be provided but you may wish to purchase:

– protractor

– pair of compasses

– 30cm ruler

– Scientific calculator

Day, time and duration

Level 2 Online – Wednesday 9:30am-12pm

Level 1 & 2 Morning – Thursday 9:30am-12pm

Level 1 & 2 Afternoon – Tuesday 1pm-3:30pm

Level 1 & 2 Evening – Monday 6pm-8:30pm and Wednesday 6pm-8:30pm

Start date

19th September 2022

Fees

This course is free for students who do not currently hold a Grade 4(C) in GCSE Maths or equivalent.


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