Functional Skills Maths Level 2

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

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Overview

Do you have a good grasp of basic maths? Can you add, subtract and multiply with ease? Are you wanting to advance your knowledge and boost your confidence when using your maths skills in real-world applications? Do you want to gain a recognised qualification in maths, that’s equivalent to a GCSE?

Our NCFE CACHE accredited Functional Skills online Maths Level 2 course will give you all these skills, and more. A recognised equivalent of GCSE, during this Level 2 Maths course, you’ll learn how to interpret and express data using charts, diagrams, and tables, work with fractions, decimals, percentages, and much more.

Why study Functional Skills Maths Level 2?

  • You’ll gain an NCFE accredited qualification equivalent to a GCSE
  • You can demonstrate to employers you’ve mastered a range of maths skills, from calculating volumes to interpreting statistics
  • You’ll gain the qualification and confidence to apply for jobs or higher education courses requiring maths knowledge
  • You can study in your own time, at your own pace, via laptop, phone, or tablet
  • You can retake units at any time to strengthen your knowledge and prepare for your exams.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Positive and negative numbers

In the opening unit, you’ll take a look at positive and negative numbers. You’ll become familiar with contexts in which you might encounter both, such as temperature charts and banking accounts.

Unit 2 - Calculations

Moving on, you’ll learn some calculations it’s helpful to be familiar with, along with how to choose the right calculation to match the problem.

Unit 3 - Ratio

In unit three, you’ll look at solving problems using ratio, which can be very useful for working out recipes and correctly scaled models.

Unit 4 - Fractions, decimals, and percentages

In the fourth unit, you’ll work out how to convert fractions and decimals, decimals to fractions, percentages to decimals, and decimals to percentages.

Unit 5 - Use simple formulae

Formulae are a type of equation that demonstrate the relationship between numbers using letters. In unit five, you’ll study formulae applicable to real-life circumstances, such as miles travelled according to a specific speed and duration.

Unit 6 - Recognise and use 2D and 3D objects

Next, you’ll look at geometric diagrams including nets and 2D and 3D shapes. You’ll learn which nets correspond to various shapes, and the edges, vertices, and faces different shapes have.

Unit 7 - Area, perimeter, and volume

In unit seven, you’ll explore area, perimeter and volume, and how to calculate them.

Unit 8 - Use metric and imperial measures

This unit will teach you how to convert imperial to metric measurements, for length, weight and distance.

Unit 9 - Collect and represent data

In the ninth unit, you’ll examine how data can be collected, interpreted, and displayed clearly

Unit 10 - Use and interpret statistical measures

In this unit we will look at statistical measures such as mean, median, mode and range, along with the interpretation of graphs and charts.

Unit 11 - Use statistical methods

In this unit we will use statistical methods to compare groups of information and investigate situations. Through worksheets, you’ll take a look at some real-life applications of these techniques, such as comparing yearly bills.

Unit 12 - Use probability to assess the outcome

In the final unit, you’ll look at how to estimate or calculate how probable something is to happen, using units such as percentages.

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NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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Course Outcome

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

How is this course assessed or examined?

To successfully pass the course, you’ll need to complete a series of practice papers and, with your tutor’s approval, your final exams.

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.

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.

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What is Functional Skills Level 1 equivalent to?

All Level 1 Functional Skills courses are equivalent to a GCSE English grade 1 to 3 (previously D to G).

Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C).

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How long do functional skills take to complete?

You have up to six months to complete a functional skills course at level one or two or a bundle covering both. However, our students generally complete these courses in two-to-four months.

Our students who take on the complete bundle at level 2 are also given six months to complete the course, but again, they tend to pass much more quickly than that – within five months on average.

As you can see, you are given plenty of time to get through whichever functional skills course you opt for.

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Do I need to complete a Level 1 Functional Skill before starting Level 2?

No. If you already have some knowledge in your chosen area of study you are welcome to enrol straight onto a Level 2 Functional Skills course. You do not need to complete a Level 1 Functional Skills course before starting Level 2.

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Do Universities accept functional skills?

Most UK Universities accept level 2 functional skills qualifications in place of GCSEs, with a level 2 functional skills qualification recognised as a direct equivalent to a GCSE grade C and above.

It’s often course-dependent, so we advise that you check with your intended university or future provider that they are happy to accept Functional Skills courses, just to be sure.

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Should I enrol on a Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills course?

This is entirely up to you. If you already have some knowledge in your chosen area of study, you may wish to start with Level 2. If you’d prefer to begin with the basics, then you may choose to start with a Level 1 Functional Skills course.

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How many times can you take functional skills courses?

As many times as required. While the structure of our courses and the support of our expert tutors means that most students pass first time, all functional skills courses can be taken and retaken as many times as needed.

Where courses have individually graded units, if just one unit is failed, you only need to retake that unit in order to gain your certification.

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Do employers like functional skills?

Yes, functional skills qualifications look good to employers. While GCSEs are the “standard” employers ask for, many will happily accept functional skills qualifications in their place.

This is due to the courses’ focus on teaching real-world problem-solving skills.

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Why study functional skills with Oxbridge?

You can study any of our functional skills courses online in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, making it the perfect option if you have a full-time job or specific family commitments.

When you invest in a functional skills distance learning course, you’ll gain access to expert tutors who are on hand to help every step of the way. We take pride in the quality of our courses and have a fantastic student pass rate.

If you’re unsure which level you should take first, speak with one of our learning advisers. They’ll love to help.

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What comes under functional skills / core skills?

Functional skills courses cover either MathsEnglish or ICT. You can also invest in bundles such as maths and English combined or take all three functional skills subjects in one go. All subjects are separated into two levels, although you don’t have to take a level 1 course to progress onto level 2.

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Are key skills the same as functional skills?

Key skills and functional skills refer to the same set of qualifications. While they are often used interchangeably, today “key skills” are officially known as “functional skills”. Functional skills were first introduced in 2010 and formerly replaced key skills in 2012.

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What is a functional skills qualification?

Functional skills teach students specific competencies that can be attributed to daily life. Although level 2 functional skills qualifications are given the same merit as a GCSE course, it can be argued that these are even more important, as they don’t operate on theoretical knowledge but on ways to navigate real-world situations.

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