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Maths – Working toward Level 2 Functional Skills

Course aims

  • Improve your maths and problem solving skills in real life contexts
  • Develop your ability to understand and use maths effectively in your everyday life and work
  • Gain a Functional Skills qualification at Level 2 (when continuing on to a Level 2 Functional Skills course)

Course content

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

  • Use number, calculation, measuring, weighing and other maths skills to solve everyday and more unfamiliar problems
  • Choose which mathematical approaches will work best in the situation you are dealing with
  • Check your working at each stage
  • Explain your approaches to others
  • Develop the confidence to tackle a variety of maths problems in different situations

Who is the course for?

Adults (16+) who would like to develop their maths skills for everyday life and work and gain a qualification

How long is the course?

Courses start in September and run once a week until December with each session running for 3 hours. In December, there will be a short assessment to check suitability for continuing on to a Level 2 Functional Skills class.

Will I gain a qualification?

You will work towards a qualification in Level 2 Functional Skills Maths. There is one written assessment which tests your maths and problem solving skills. You are expected to show and check your working out and explain your reasoning, but these are skills which are taught on the course. You will be given ample opportunity to practise for the formal exams, as well as the chance to complete course work to further develop your skills.

What do I need to know to start the course?

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 Level 1 standard.

What could this course lead to?

  • Level 2 Functional Skills
  • GCSE Maths if you wish to gain a GCSE
  • A vocational course with BAES or at a college.

How will I learn?

A combination of individual work, group work, class discussions, ICT use and individual research sessions. You will have an Individual Learning Plan, which includes some course targets shared by the whole class and some targets which are personal to you. Your tutor will give you feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

What we require of you as a learner

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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