Functional Skills Maths

Our Functional Skills courses focus on the skills needed in everyday work and social situations. They help develop practical maths skills and allow you to apply these to a range of realistic everyday situations. Whether you need to learn how to calculate percentages for work or balance your personal finances, Functional Skills Maths courses will focus on practical maths skills used in everyday life. Our courses are available at three levels (Entry Level 3, Level 1 & Level 2) and all aim to build on your current skills. The awarding body for the levels 1 & 2 is City & Guilds (C&G) and EdExcel for Entry Level 3.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
      City & Guilds
    • Learner Aim Reference
      60346486 (L1), 60346498 (L2)
    • Price
      £724 (FREE if you do not currently hold grade A*-C/9-4 or an equivalent qualification)
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime or Evening
    • Course Level
      Entry Level
    • Course Location
      Strawberry Fields Hub
      Leyland Campus
    • Start Date
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      17 weeks
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  • Overview

    You will study this course at the Strawberry Fields Hub in Chorley for Level 1 and Entry level for daytime lessons. Click here to view map.

    You will study this course at our Leyland Campus for Level 1 and Entry level for evening lessons.

    Functional Skills courses cover practical maths skills including calculating with whole number, fractions and percentages, ratios and scale, measuring shape and space, as well as using statistics and presenting data.

    Task based activities will allow you to practise these in real life scenarios. Your progress will be regularly reviewed with your tutor.

    You will work individually, in pairs, small groups or as a whole group. In order to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught, you will need to do approximately 3 hours of directed study per week in your own time.

    Throughout the course, you will be provided with a variety of resources in class and on the college computer based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), including past exam papers.

    A scientific calculator is required – a Casio FX83GT Plus is recommended. This information is correct at time of printing but may be subject to amendment and we reserve the right to cancel courses.

    LEVEL 1 / 2 – Course starts Tuesday 5th September:

    • Level 1: Tuesday – 13:30-16:30 or Thursday – 17:30-20:30
    • Level 2 Tuesday – 09:30-12:30 or 17:30-20:30


    LEVEL 3 – Course starts Thursday 7th September:

    • Thursday – 13:30-16:30
  • Entry Requirements

    Prior to enrolment you will need to undertake a BKSB assessment to ensure you are enrolled on to the right level.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Courses are externally assessed by a written paper which consists of two sections:

    • Section 1 – 25 minutes, non calculator
    • Section 2 – 1 hour 20 minutes, calculator allowed.

    These assessments take place the week after your course finishes during your normal class time.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of the course you will receive a C&G Functional Skills qualification in maths at either Level 1 or 2. You may then progress to the next level of Functional Skills Maths, or courses in other areas.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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