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Qualification number: 500/8501/3

Level: 1

Delivery method: Classroom/Blended learning

Min./Max. learners for classroom-based courses: 4/20

Minimum age to enrol: 14+



Functional Skills qualifications are designed to show employers that you have essential skills that can be used in a wide variety of jobs.

The Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics could be considered as a GCSE `pass` grade D-G. Many universities are now accepting Functional Skills as a GCSE equivalent qualification. But it is really important that you do some further research into this as each university will have their own entry requirements.



Functional Skills are vital to the personal development of all learners. The qualification is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • adults involved in learning programmes to prepare them for work
  • adults in work to provide progression opportunities
  • young people involved in GCSEs in schools
  • those involved in Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.



To achieve the NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 qualifications learners would be expected to:

• apply their knowledge and understanding to identify the Mathematics required to produce an appropriate solution to a problem in increasingly unfamiliar and non-routine contexts and situations (complexity)
• apply a range of Mathematics across an increasingly wide range of situations to find solutions (technical demand)
• solve problems with increasing levels of independence, overcoming challenges to produce successful outcomes (independence)
• apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within non-routine and increasingly unfamiliar contexts (familiarity).

Learning journey

  • 10 session of 3 hours each;
  • 5 webinars;
  • 10 homework activities directly supervised by your tutor;
  • Learning activities on the portal under real-time supervision of your tutor;
  • Learning materials (including video and audio), exercises, quizzes available on the e-learning platform;

The learners can contact the tutor/assessor via:

  • E-mail (24 hours);
  • Telephone – during the o99 Training Academy working hours;
  • In person – during the o99 Training Academy working hours (with a minimum 24 hours’ notice);



These qualifications are assessed primarily through tasks, rather than traditional knowledge-based tests, helping learners to enhance and apply their problem-solving skills effectively.

Adults and young people will develop vital problem-solving skills, ensuring that they are well equipped for success in employment, further learning and life.

Employers will also benefit as Functional Skills qualifications will help to ensure that employees are able to apply fundamental problem-solving skills in work situations, improving effectiveness and productivity.

There are no units of assessment within the Functional Skills qualifications, which are achieved by successful completion of externally set summative assessments.

The learner completes straightforward responses to the tasks, including understanding problems in familiar and routine contexts, identifying the mathematical methods required to find solutions to the problems and drawing simple conclusions and explaining approaches used.

The learner will choose appropriate Mathematics to complete a number of tasks within the assessment.

The assessments cover the whole of the Level 1 Functional Skills Mathematics criteria. They sample from the range of contexts identified for the level. All assessments will cover the interrelated processing skills of representing, analysing and interpreting. The assessment papers indicate how many marks are available for each task. No pre-release material is used. Learners must complete the assessment in one and a half hours. Calculators are allowed. Assessments contain open response assessments and allow demonstration of all the skill areas. Assessments will cover representing, analysing and interpreting information within functional contexts and mark schemes clearly indicate how marks are allocated to each skill. The language used on the assessment paper is clear and straightforward. All assessments include number, geometry and statistics.

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