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 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 life
  • Engage competently and confidently with others
  • Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • 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.

Entry Guidance

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.

Progression Opportunities

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 Apprenticeship 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.

Qualification Reference Number

501/2324/5