Maths – Working Towards Level 2 Functional Skills

Course Description

Maths is an important skill that you need in everyday life. A key aim for this course is for you to gain confidence and fluency in mathematics and develop a positive attitude towards it. 

At Working towards Level 2, you will cover the basic concepts required for work and everyday life. The main areas of study are Number, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Measures, Shape and Space, and Handling Data. This course helps you to gain the skills needed in Level 2 before applying them to functional skills problems.  

Classes will be delivered in virtual classrooms. It is therefore important that you have easy access to a computer/device with the internet.  

This course also includes a 3-week BAES IT Fundamentals course in order to maximise participation in learning using digital tools. 

Entry Requirement

Your English skills need to be at Level 1 standard or above, and you need to understand some basic maths concepts. 

Initial Assessment

Courses start in September and February. To gain a place on the course, you must book an initial assessment by phoning the BAES Info Line (0121 303 4318) or one of the BAES centres. Initial assessments are carried out either remotely on Zoom or by a face-to-face assessment at a centre. Depending on the results of the assessment, you may be advised to join a different level or course. 

Learning Strategies

In order to cover all the course content, you will be expected to carry out at least 2 hours of independent study each week.

It is important you attend all required sessions and make time to work at home every week, in order to prepare, practise and consolidate your learning. The Service has on-line subscriptions to MathsWatch and MyMaths, and you can access videos, quizzes and other activities on our BAES Moodle site. 

Progress Monitoring

Your progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first progress check in October, you and your teacher will determine if you can cope with the level and amount of work required, and if you have demonstrated good attendance and punctuality, in order to continue with the course. It may be that a more suitable course is recommended. 


There is no exam attached to this course. You will submit a portfolio of work that you have completed during the course.


Working Towards Level 2 will prepare you for Maths Functional Skills Level 2.

If you start this course in September 2021, there will be an opportunity to progress onto a Level 2 Functional Skills course in Term 2, if you and your teacher feel this is appropriate.

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job - Route to Work 

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

Support if you have disabilities or learning difficulties

Please let your teacher know if you have learning difficulties as soon as possible. If you believe you have learning difficulties or disabilities that impairs your learning, you will need to disclose this to your teacher as early as possible in order for us to provide appropriate support for you without delay.

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