The NCFE Functional Skills
qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 is listed on the
Register of Regulated Qualifications and is part of the
National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This
qualification is ideal 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 Foundation
Learning and Apprenticeships. This qualification may be
eligible for funding.
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
To be awarded the NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1, learners are required to successfully complete one mandatory component.
- Component 1 Mathematics
To be awarded this qualification learners are required
to meet the requirements of the skills standards by
successfully achieving the mandatory external
assessment. Grades are not awarded.
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. This
qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and
above. 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
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 1 • NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 2
As this qualification develops transferable skills,
which will be useful in work and life, candidates could
also progress on to a variety of NCFE qualifications in
employability, money management, or other vocational
areas. This qualification is also an integral part of
the Apprenticeship and Diploma frameworks.
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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