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Functional Mathematics qualifications range from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. (Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grade 4)
What does the course involve?
Functional Skills qualifications provide reliable evidence of a learner’s achievements against challenging content that is relevant to the workplace. The qualifications assess learners’ underpinning subject knowledge and their ability to apply this knowledge to different contexts. They provide a foundation for progression to employment and further education, and they help learners to develop skills for everyday life.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You will work towards either an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualification dependent on your current qualifications and the outcome of your pre-entry assessment. Your study will continue until formal achievement of an Award in Number and Measure at Level 2.
Entry Level 1 and Level 2:
In order to gain a certificate in Mathematics at Entry Level 1, students will study a course which leads to taking an externally set, but internally administered test which accounts for 60 per cent of the mark, and a standard task, which accounts for 40 per cent of the marks. There is no set time for when each test or task is completed or how long the student takes to complete each test.
Entry Level 3:
At Entry Level 3, students will sit an externally set, but internally administered non-calculator and calculator test, in addition to a task. The task still accounts for 40 per cent of marks for the qualification. The inclusion of a test which includes a calculator means that progression towards Level 1 is more closely aligned.
Award in Number and Measure at Level 1 and Level 2:
There is one written paper with two sections. The paper contains 80 marks in total. Section A allows the use of a calculator, with 50 marks being available, and section B contains non-calculator questions and is worth up to 30 marks. The qualification is pass or fail only. Assessment is available in January and June.
One to three years, dependent upon prior qualifications and individual progression and circumstances.
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