The NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics
at Level 1 is listed on the Register of Regulated
Qualifications1 and is part of the National
Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NCFE Functional
Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 2 is an
ideal qualification for learners wishing to develop
practical, transferable skills in Mathematics in order
to work confidently, effectively and independently in
life. It is suitable for a wide range of individuals and
is fundamental to the successful completion of various
wider qualifications and frameworks, such as
Apprenticeships. This qualification may be eligible for
Aims and Objectives of this Qualification
This qualification aims to allow learners to work confidently, effectively and independently in life, by developing practical skills in Mathematics which can be transferred across situations and contexts. The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:
- Apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday
- Engage competently and confidently with others
- Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar
- Develop personally and professionally as positive
citizens who can actively contribute to society.
Achieving this Qualification
This qualification consists of one mandatory component:
- Component 1 Mathematics
To be awarded the NCFE Functional Skills qualification
in Mathematics at Level 2, learners are required to meet
the requirements of the skills standards by successfully
achieving the mandatory external assessment. Grades are
not awarded. Learners who aren’t successful can resit
their assessment(s) within the registration period;
however, a charge may apply.
This qualification is designed for a wide range of
learners who want to develop practical and transferable
skills in Mathematics.
There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification. This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above, although it is recommended that learners should be aged at least 14.
Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners.
They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the assessment criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification. Learners registered on this qualification shouldn’t undertake another qualification at the same level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- NCFE Functional Skills qualifications in English
- NCFE Functional Skills qualifications in Information
and Communication Technology
- Level 3 Core Maths qualifications
As this qualification develops transferable skills which
will be useful in work and life, learners could also
progress onto a variety of NCFE qualifications in
Employability, Money Management, or vocational areas.
This qualification is also an integral part of the
How are they Assessed?
They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor (Exams).
Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?
No, as these are knowledge only qualiﬁcation.
How Long do they take to Complete?
You can usually complete this in a year or less.
Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?
This qualification do not qualify you to work but do
provide a starting point for deciding whether a career
in the sector is right for you.
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