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Maths – Entry 3 Functional Skills

What will the course help me to do?

  • To understand and solve practical maths problems in everyday situations.
  • Gain a Functional Skills qualification at Entry 3.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Add and subtract using numbers up to 1000.
  • Solve practical multiplication and division problems using 2,3,4,5 and 10 x tables.
  • Round to the nearest 10 or 100.
  • Understand and use simple fractions.
  • Understand, estimate, measure and compare length, capacity, weight and temperature.
  • Understand decimals to two decimal places in practical contexts.
  • Be able to describe everyday shapes.
  • Extract, use and compare information from lists, tables, simple charts and simple graphs.

Who is the course for and what do I need to know to start the course?

Adults (16+) who want to develop their maths skills and gain an Entry 3 Functional Skills Maths qualification. Your maths skills and problem solving ability will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you. Your English skills will also be assessed at the start of the course and should be at least at Entry 2 standard.

Will I gain a qualification?

Yes. City & Guilds Functional Skills Maths at Entry 3. There is one exam which tests all your skills. You can do this in the classroom when you are ready.

How will I learn?

You will work in groups with other learners and on your own. You will work on problems and practical activities, talk with other learners and use computers.

Your tutor will give you feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

How long is the course?

Courses start in September and run once or twice a week until June/July. Each session runs for 2 ½ hours. You will be expected to attend a 1:1 tutorial about once every 6 weeks, either before or after the lesson.

What could this course lead to?

Maths – Level 1 Functional Skills.


You will be expected to attend every session and spend up to 2 hours a week completing homework. All learners will be entered for and expected to attend the examinations. Re-imbursement of exam fees may be sought from learners who do not attend the exam.

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