FUNCTIONAL SKILLS MATHS

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FUNCTIONAL SKILLS MATHS A key aim for Functional Skills mathematics specifications is that they enable the student to gain confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics.
Students will convey their confidence in using mathematics when they can demonstrate a sound grasp of mathematical knowledge and skills (see purpose section) and apply it to solve mathematical problems.
Awarding Organisation specifications should encourage teachers to emphasise the interconnectedness of the three different areas of mathematics set out in this content, namely: number and the number system; common measures, shape and space; and information and data. At each level (Entry Levels 1-3, Level 1 and Level 2) the level of difficulty of mathematical problem solving increases as does the number and extent of connections made within the content.
Mathematical problem solving is an important aspect of Functional Skills, but it is also vital that the underpinning knowledge and skills1 required, both with and without a calculator, can be demonstrated in their own right, for example, use of times tables.
Awarding Organisation specifications should encourage teachers to ensure that core knowledge and skills are secure in their students. Throughout this document, mathematical problem solving is conveyed via the following terms: simple (Entry Level), straightforward (Level 1) and complex (Level 2). Each term relevant to that level is explained in the subject content. In interpreting the content, Awarding Organisations should note that the content at each level of qualification subsumes and builds upon the content at lower levels.

Purpose

Functional Skills qualifications should provide reliable evidence of a student’s achievements against demanding content that is relevant to the workplace. They need to provide assessment of students’ underpinning knowledge as well as their ability to apply this in different contexts. They also need to provide a foundation for progression into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life. In some contexts, Functional Skills qualifications will also play a part in the Government’s accountability systems.
Functional Skills mathematics specifications should enable the student to gain confidence and fluency in and a positive attitude towards, and to develop behaviours such as persistence and logical thinking as they apply mathematical tools and approaches.
Purpose of Functional Skills Mathematics for Entry Levels: to demonstrate a sound grasp of the underpinning skills and basics of mathematical skills appropriate to the
level, and the ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations. Achievement of these qualifications can provide the skills for further study at
Levels 1 and 2.
Purpose of Functional Skills Mathematics for Level 1 and Level 2: a qualification for work, study and life. Achievement of the qualification demonstrates a sound grasp of mathematical skills at the appropriate level and the ability to apply mathematical thinking effectively to solve problems successfully in the workplace and in other real life situations.