Functional Skills Maths Level 1

Our course code: X107

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Maths is an important skill you use every day. Maths helps with your finances, time telling, and problem-solving. Good maths skills improve your life at home and at work as it helps you make better decisions. If maths is holding you back, our Level 1 Functional Skills Maths is a great place to learn the basics. We’ll teach you real-world, transferable maths skills that let you think on your feet and succeed in life.

Why choose Functional Skills Maths Level 1?

Functional skills focus on giving you actual skills you can use in everyday life. It uses scenarios and questions that mirror tasks you might do in real life. For example, you may read, write and order numbers, or work out the nearest whole number for accuracy. These skills can easily be applied to real situations, such as reading numbers on a gas meter or working out 10% of your bill to tip at a restaurant.

Whereas GCSE focus on the academic side, Functional Skills gives you immediate skills all employers want. It prepares you for life after study, and is fantastic for the brain, too! Why? Because it tackles those grey areas while boosting your ability to make decisions, think logically, and calculate faster.

When you enrol with us, we’ll lead you through three stages of maths: Representation, Analysis, Interpretation. These three areas have been specifically designed to help you understand practical problems in many contexts. You’ll know how to tackle problems and find solutions. Better yet, you’ll know how to explain how you got there.

Maths and English skills are perhaps the most important skills you can learn in life. Want to improve your literacy level, too? Check out our Functional Skills English Level 1 to boost your reading, writing and speaking skills today.

On our Functional Skills Maths Level 1, you will:

  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers
  • Explain simple problems involving ratio
  • Learn the similarities between common fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Work out areas and perimeters in practical situations
  • Extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs
  • Use data to assess the likelihood of an outcome
  • In addition, to learning key skills, you’ll also have unlimited support and encouragement

Functional Skills develops the work-related, problem-solving and situational maths you need to succeed in the real world.


  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X107
  • Qualification code: 603/5055/6
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 45 hours of study to complete this course.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.



Course Duration

You have up to 6 months in total to complete this course but on average takes learners around 2-3 months to complete. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This course is designed for distance learning study. To successfully pass the course, you’ll complete a series of practice papers and, with your tutor’s approval, your final 2-hour examination.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs.

Find out more about the online exam process here.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1

Difficulty - Level 1

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Representing

You’ll gain an understanding of practical problems in various situations, develop strategies for solving problems, and obtain answers to simple practical problems that are clear and routine.

2: Analysing

You’ll learn to apply maths to simple given practical problems, such as fractions and number patterns, and use simple checking procedures.

3: Interpreting

You’ll discover how to communicate solutions to practical problems in familiar contexts and situations, looking at area, simple calculations, and metric units used in everyday situations.

4: Examination

You’ll need to complete a 2 hour minutes exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s no problem! You can study for and sit your functional skills exams entirely online. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Yes, functional skills courses require you to complete final examinations.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Although we provide practise papers with your course, if you need more, you’ll be charged an extra £50 per paper for the cost of marking. There are also additional costs for exams: you can either sit these online or here at Oxbridge in Birmingham at a cost of £95, or you can choose to sit them at an exam centre near you. This will cost £175, plus the cost of mileage, for an invigilator to come and supervise. The same costs apply to re-sits.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!