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Maths, Functional Skills

Most employers look for a sound understanding of maths when recruiting, usually at GCSE level. We use maths in many aspects of our daily lives, both at work and at home, and a qualification in maths is a valuable resource that can help you in many ways.

Basic skills in maths make daily life a lot easier, from adding up receipts and calculating VAT to measuring ingredients while baking - the possibilities are endless!

Students of all ages and backgrounds study mathematics at Weston College. Our teachers are well qualified and offer outstanding teaching, along with a range of support and guidance to help you achieve your goals, whether you want to understand the basics, or gain a qualification to help you access further study.

This course usually lasts one year and includes two and a half to three hours of tuition a week for 30 weeks, starting in September.

You’ll develop skills in a range of areas, including:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Units and conversions
  • Estimating
  • Geometry and shape
  • Data analysis
  • Probability.


Functional Skills Maths is assessed by one paper according to the level you are working at and this exam will take place at key points within the year.


Functional Skills Maths allows you to develop your literacy skills in real-life situations. It’s a national qualification that’s recognised and accepted by employers, and can also act as a stepping-stone to a GCSE. Functional Skills Maths has many positive benefits, including improving employability prospects and helping you progress to other courses at Weston College.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however there are two levels of nationally recognised English courses: Function Skills and GCSE. Once you have applied for this course we will arrange a short interview with a tutor who will find out about your current level of understanding and your future ambitions to ensure you start on the course most appropriate for you.

Course Level

Level 1

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Most people qualify for FREE tuition and material fees due to discounts we offer. Click on the icon(s) below to find out what you’ll need to pay.

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