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Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Course

Course Format:Online Course
Self-Study Time:Approximately 55 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Gain a Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Qualification

The Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Course is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their mathematical skills, through appropriate reasoning and decision making, to solve realistic problems of increasing complexity. 

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Introduced to new areas of life and work so that they are exposed to concepts and problems which, while not of immediate concern, may be of value in later life;
  • Enabled to develop an appreciation of the role played by mathematics in the world of work and in life generally;
  • Able to use these skills autonomously, applying them to a range of formal and informal contexts, in the workplace and in real life.

Maths Functional Skills is a nationally recognised qualification that it the equivalent to a GCSE C/4. It will help you to improve your chances of employment and entry onto education courses such as apprenticeships and university courses.

The Maths Functional Skills Course has assessments as you progress which are designed to prepare you for the exam and it leads to a Certificate of Completion but learners would need to arrange their Functional Skills Maths Level 2 exams on completion of the course through an authorised examination centre.

The Functional Skills Maths Course Includes the Following Units:

The following topics are covered:

  • Averages

Explore mean, median, mode, range and frequency distribution within this unit. Learn how to estimate and use these different aspects to compare two different sets of data.

  • Probability

Explore probability and look at examples of probability statements before completing a range of practice questions on this topic. Independent and dependent events and tree diagrams will also be covered.


Look at how data can be represented on different types of graphs and charts, including bar charts, pie charts and scatter graphs. The correlation of graphs will be covered in this unit, as well as two-way frequency tables which can also be used as a way of displaying mathematical data.

The following topics are covered:

  • Time and money

In this section, explore speed, distance, and time individually and the relationship between them. Look at formulas that can be used when measuring each of these aspects and how this all links together. Budgeting, conversion and exchange rates will also be covered in this unit to improve knowledge of money.

  • Converting between measurements

Look at the different units of measurements used in maths, as well as the ways of calculating in metric and converting between different units of weight. Temperature will also be covered in this unit and look at conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

  • Perimeter, area and volume (including circles and triangles)

In this unit, explore the methods of calculating perimeter, area and volume and will complete practice questions in each area. The areas and volumes of shapes will also be covered within this unit.

  • Shapes

Look at tessellation, symmetry, coordinates and angles in this unit, completing practice questions along the way to test their knowledge on each area. The unit covers a wide variety of shapes and how to calculate the circumference of shapes. Look at 2D and 3D shapes, rotational symmetry and coordinates within the unit.

  • Scale

This unit teaches how to calculate measurements from scales and how to create scales, before providing practice questions for them to test what they have covered in the learning content. Scale drawings and maps are key topics in this unit.

The following topics are covered:

  • Positive and negative numbers

Within this unit, look at reading, writing, ordering and comparing positive and negative numbers of different sizes and will carry out calculations with numbers up to one million. Learn different strategies to check answers, including elements of estimation and approximation.

  • Decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Explore the elements of ordering, approximating and comparing decimals, as well as looking at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals of up to three decimal places. There are practice questions embedded throughout the unit to test knowledge in these areas.

  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and rounding

In this unit, look at methods used to multiply and divide numbers by 10, by 100, and by 1000. Rounding numbers will also be covered, including how to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

  • Fractions

This unit will teach how to order, add, subtract and compare different amounts and quantities by using proper and improper fractions. Look at different types of fractions, and learn how to compare fractions, simplify fractions and express one number as a fraction of another number.

  •  Percentages

Explore the methods used to find percentages, reverse percentages, and will look at percentage increase or decrease. This unit will cover working out percentages and calculating percentage change.

  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages

This unit looks at identifying and knowing the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and provides a range of practice questions to complete throughout the unit to test knowledge in these areas.

  • Ratio, inverse and direct proportions

In this unit, look at when ratios are used in daily life and why it is sometimes necessary to simplify ratios. Explore inverse and direct proportions within this unit, before answering a set of practice questions linked to this topic.

The mock assessment will give you an opportunity to practise your new learning, which you have developed through the use of the course and any further research or wider reading.

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There are no particular requirements for this qualification, however it may be useful to have completed an Maths qualification at Level 1.

As this is an online course, you will require a stable internet connection that can stream videos and a laptop or tablet with a keyboard and an up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Please Note: The minimum age for applying for this course is 16 or 13 with parental/guardian support.

Course Duration & Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


Each course unit will carry an assessment which is designed to test you on what you have covered, and these will be marked by your course tutor. This will contribute to your Certificate of Completion.  

Please Note:

Learners wanting to gain the Level 2 Funcational Skills Qualification will need to arrange exams through an Exam Centre. 

Information on booking exams through a partnered exam centre will be provided with the course although this can be done through other examination centres if you have a preferred centre in mind.

The price of Functional Skills Exam Fees through our Partnered Exam Centre is currently £111.00 + VAT for English (3 Exams) or £70.00 + VAT for Maths (1 Exam). Exam fees will need to be paid directly to the exam centre.

Open Awards Maths Functional Skills Qualification

Open Awards

On successful completion of this course students will receive a Certificate of Completion with feedback on your work.

Learners can also apply for the Maths Funcational Skills Level 2 Examination. On successful completion of the exam, the qualification would be issued through Open Awards. This is a Level 2 qualification (Qualification No. 603/4806/9).  

You can find further information on qualifications/certificates and their levels on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

Open Awards are an Awarding Body Organisation approved by Ofqual. Set up in 1981, Open Awards (Previously the North West Region of the National Open College Network - OCNNW) have been in business for over 30 years and are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity.

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