These qualifications are designed for all levels of ability and focus upon the development of mathematical problem-solving skills. The course will help you to build your confidence in using mathematics in employment and daily life.
The areas focused upon during the course will include number, common measures, shape and space, handling information and data, although depth of coverage will vary according to the level of study.
The qualification is recognised by colleges and employers. Some universities accept a pass at functional skills Level 2 instead of GCSE. The course is offered on a day or evening basis and the classes are 3 hours long.
1:1 tutorials will also be part of the course. During these individual meetings your tutor will discuss progress and agree personal targets with you, to ensure both a successful completion of the qualification as well as meaningful academic or job progression.
Regular attendance to lessons as well as completion of homework are essential to ensure that you are ready for your external exams and gain your qualification by the end of the course at the latest. We monitor attendance closely.
Entry level classes at our Cambridge Campus are
• Wednesdays, 9.30 – 12.30 OR 18.00 – 21.00
Level 1/Level 2 classes at our Cambridge Campus are:
• Friday 9.30 – 12.30 OR
• Tuesdays, 18.00 – 21.00
We also offer a class at the Deakin Centre for Addenbrookes Trust employees:
• Thursdays 15.30 – 17.00
Which class we are able to offer you will depend on the outcome of the placement test and the number of students in class.
Functional skills can be studied from entry level 1 through to level 2. These qualifications are stepping stones to the GCSE. Once you have successfully completed one level of a functional skill you will have the option to progress onto the next level or GCSE. You will be required to complete another assessment with a minimum result of 65% before you can progress onto the next level of qualification.
This is a course with an external exam which students are expected to sit by the end of the academic year at the latest.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but all applicants will be required to complete an initial assessment to determine their current skill level before enrolling on the course. The results of the initial assessment will be used to inform the level of functional skill qualification for which you will be entered.
We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.
Your progress will be monitored via formative assessments during the course to enable you and your tutor to identify areas that require further skill development. There is one assessment for all levels of FS maths which consists of two sections; non-calculator (25% of marks) and calculator (75% of marks). Functional skills is a pass/fail qualification.