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Mathematics Functional Skills at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

This course will enable students to use Maths in many everyday and work related situations. Students will first take Entry Level 3, which will then lead onto Levels 1 and 2.

The course builds on students’ knowledge of number, shape and data handling.  Students will work together with their teacher to assess where they feel confident and where they need support. The tests can be taken any time online, so students can cover what they need and take the test when their teacher feels that they are ready.

Course content

You will have 2 lessons per week. In which you will be learning practical Maths skills. You will complete 3 booklets in preparation for your level 1 test.

You will encounter a variety of approaches to help you learn, including:

Class discussion, group and pair work, teacher presentation of key concepts, and individual feedback from your teacher.

Entry requirements

Anybody with a grade F or below in Maths at St Charles will automatically be enrolled onto Functional Skills. It is a government requirement that anybody without a grade C, who is in full-time education, must be working on a Maths qualification


Your teacher will check your work every lesson and give you feedback in order to help you improve.

You will sit your Entry Level 3 in December (on paper), and your level 1 test in March (online). You will then have an opportunity to sit Level 2 (online) in June. However there is flexibility around when you sit the exams, and you can sit them multiple times.


Entry 3 Test: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (on paper)

Level 1 Test: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (online)

Level 2 Test: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (online)

Calculators are allowed for all tests

Future opportunities

After passing Level 1, students can re-take GCSE the following year. Many employers, professional bodies and higher education institutes demand a grade C or above in mathematics as part of their entry requirements. Some also accept Level 2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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