Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics Level 1

Ref: C2525480

We will use common situations like shopping, travel, house and home, DIY and health to develop your ability to perform calculations using decimals, percentages, time and units of measurement. We will start to explore ratios and the conversion of measurement (e.g. Fahrenheit to Centigrade). These activities will support you to feel more independent in the everyday mathematical issues you encounter.

Additional information about this course

If you are interested in joining this course in January 2020 you will need to attend an Initial Assessment to ensure that it is the correct level for you. Please contact Susan Heptinstall on 07899065285 or email for more information.

Course aim

This course will help you to enhance your skills and confidence in Maths. You will be able to practise your Maths skills through everyday real life situations. This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills Maths qualification.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • You must be a fluent speaker of English.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Enhance my confidence in using my Maths in everyday life, count, read, write, order and compare large numbers and recognise negative numbers, e.g. - degree Celsius temperatures
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide using written methods to show your working out. Use a calculator efficiently and estimate answers
  • Read, write and use fractions and decimals to increase or decrease measurements, e.g. 20% discount
  • Read and interpret time using the 12 hour and 24 hour clock, e.g. reading timetables and travel schedules. Calculate volume, perimeter and area, e.g. in order to plan the materials needed for DIY jobs.
  • Interpret and discuss information from lists, charts and data tables, including conversion tables for measurement, e.g. Fahrenheit and Centigrade, pints and litres etc.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Official document(s) showing the correct spelling of your name, address and date of birth. Certificates for any Maths qualifications you already have. A folder, some paper and a pen/pencil to every lesson.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is useful to think about where you use Maths in everyday life and where you find this difficult

What can I do next?

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Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics Level 1


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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