Maths functional skills (Entry level, level 1 and level 2)

The aim of these nationally recognised qualifications is to improve your maths skills, assisting you in your life and work. You will study at your own pace with lots of support from your tutor.

They are designed to meet the needs of the world of work and are particularly suitable for those people either actively looking for employment as well as those in employment wishing to move on or up in their career.

You will gain the practical skills needed to succeed in further learning, employment and the wider society.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has various start dates throughout the year and you can join the course at any time. It is a very flexible course and can be studied either during the day or in the evening.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

We all need maths in everyday life and functional skills qualifications helps you to learn it in a way that makes it real and relevant to everyone. Whilst you might not have enjoyed maths at school, our experienced tutors will support you to learn the maths skills needed for your next steps in life, work and study. This course will help you to understand the maths that you need to get by in the real world and develop the maths skills that you need to be able to use on a daily basis. This will include not just the basic numeracy skills but also how to calculate change, work out what bank statements mean, learn about metric units of measurement and many more skills that we all need.

Topics covered include:

  • Number (whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages)
  • Measure
  • Shape and space
  • Handling data including statistical measures and probability

How is it assessed?

Assessments are flexible and will be undertaken when you are ready.

For all levels, you will need to sit an examination and you will be fully supported by your tutor.

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You don't need any previous qualifications to undertake this course. However, in order to determine the most suitable level of study for your needs, you will undertake an initial and diagnostic assessment prior to entry onto the course.

What are the course fees?

This course is free to study providing you don't already hold a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above at GCSE level in this subject.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed your maths qualification you will be able to progress on to the next level. We offer maths qualifications all the way up to GCSE level.

It may also mean that you meet the entry criteria for other college or university courses, as well as improving your career prospects by gaining a qualification that is recognised by employers.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Colin Salmon