Course overview

Work towards GCSE-level maths skills with this functional skills level 1 course. Progress your maths skills to help you access work and study opportunities. Functional maths improves your numeracy skills through real-life situations. Learn maths in context. Develop practical maths skills to help you in everyday situations such as organising your personal budget or applying discounts when shopping. This level 1 functional skills maths course can help you get a GCSE-equivalent qualification in maths. You’ll learn practical maths skills employers look for. Functional Skills qualifications are free if you don't already have a GCSE in English or Maths at grades A*-C, or 4-9. We'll check your level and any previous qualifications before you start. This ensures you are on the correct course. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Course description

What we’ll cover

  • Understand and work with large numbers up to one million and three decimal places.

  • Learn to do calculations with negative numbers and decimals

  • Understand and calculate percentages, ratios, and powers.

  • Develop your understanding of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including how to calculate area

  • Interpret and be able to organise data in tables, lists, diagrams, and bar charts.

Level 1 functional skills maths courses teach you essential maths skills for learning, life, and work. This is an adult maths course with a practical focus.

When you finish entry level 1 maths you can progress to a level 2 functional skills maths course. There are also “get ready” courses between each level to prepare you for the next course. The highest level is level 2.

Level 2 maths functional skills courses are accepted as a GCSE equivalent for many jobs and courses. They can help you do an apprenticeship, higher education course, or go to University.

What to expect

This maths course takes around 60 hours to complete.

Functional skills courses are ideal for flexible learning. You can choose to take an in-person or online functional skills course.

To take this functional maths course you need to have a digital device such as a computer or tablet. You’ll also need an internet connection. This is so you can access our digital learning platform, Canvas.

Before you can enrol on this course, you’ll do a skills check. Don’t worry, this isn’t an exam. It’s for us to make sure you get on the right course for your level.

Our friendly team will contact you to start your skills check as part of your booking.

The WEA is an experienced adult maths course provider. We want you to get the most out of your studies and open doors to opportunities. Our tutors and staff will help you with any needs you might have.

The WEA is committed to providing accessible adult education. Please let us know if you have any special requirements to do this functional maths course.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to reach the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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