Functional Skills Mathematics
About Functional Skills
Find out what Functional Skills qualifications are, who they’re for and how they’re assessed.
What are Functional Skills?
Functional Skills are qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.
Edexcel Functional Skills are are suitable for learners of all ages, they’re also a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.
How are Edexcel Functional Skills assessed?
Functional Skills assessment can be either onscreen or paper-based.
This table summarises how Edexcel Functional Skills are assessed:
What the Course Covers
Understand and use whole numbers and understand negative numbers in practical contextsAdd, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies understand and use equivalences between
common fractions, decimals and percentages
add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places
solve simple problems involving ratio, where one number is a multiple of the other
use simple formulae expressed in words for one- or two-step operations
solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
convert units of measure in the same system
work out areas and perimeters in practical situations
construct geometric diagrams, models and shapes
extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
collect and record discrete data and organise and represent information in different ways
find mean and range
use data to assess the likelihood of an outcome