Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+, Skills for Life

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For those who struggle with numeracy and maths, then this course is for you. It can open up many opportunities for you in education, training and work.

Our Functional Skills Maths course is a much more practical approach to learning Maths and is popular with employers. If you did not get a 4 (grade C) or above in GCSE Maths, you will have to retake this subject alongside your studies or be working towards this through Functional Skills Maths.

We aim to enable all learners to improve and build confidence in their skills in numeracy, handling data and calculations at home, in the workplace and for study.


Course objectives

Our broad aim is to enable learners to build confidence in their use of maths at home, in the workplace and for study. This is achieved through the Functional Maths Standards which emphasise Representation; Analysis and Interpretation:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of mathematics
  • Build your confidence in numeracy
  • Learn the technical skills required to solve mathematical problems


Course details

Course duration

Full-time: Taught as part of study programme

Part-time: 1 year

Evening classes are available

Delivered on:

3 hours per week


  • City and Guilds Entry Level Functional maths
  • Edexcel Functional maths Level 1
  • Edexcel Functional maths Level 2

Entry requirements

No qualification requirement. All learners assessed using an online assessment to help identify the appropriate level of learning.

For those you wish to improve their numeracy skills to support their employability.

Teaching team

Jacqui Stewart (Course Leader)


You will study three sections of Maths:

Number – including fractions, percentages and ratio

Measure, Shape and Space – including time, money and spatial properties

Handling Data – including graphs, charts and averages

Assessment and exam information

You will be continually assessed throughout the course and will sit two timed exam paper at the end of the year – one calculator and one non-calculator. The exam board for Entry Level qualifications will be City and Guilds. The exam board for Levels 1 and 2 will be Edexcel.


Career and progression

Work experience

This course does not offer work experience.

Enrichment opportunities

This course does not offer enrichment activities.

Learner progression

Further levels of Functional Maths or GCSE Maths.

Your career

Gaining a qualification at an appropriate level will also allow learners to enhance their CVs and improve their employability.


Fee information

Course costs

The course is free to UK and EU residents.

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan


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