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Functional Skills Maths (Levels 1 & 2) Functional Skills

Pearson Edexcel


Our innovative Functional Skills Maths courses will help you to fill gaps in your qualifications, providing vital skills that will help you progress in your career.


Sometimes accepted as an alternative to a GCSE, our new interactive courses will set you on the right track.

Functional Skills qualifications can open doors to a wide range of job areas, help you to progress your career, and boost your confidence in maths. Whether you finished your studies recently or you’ve not studied maths since you left school, our interactive Functional Skills courses are designed to give you the skills you need to succeed.

Which route is right for you?

If you would rather study Level 2 only and do not need the Level 1 assignments, please visit the Level 2 course page.

Why study Functional Skills Maths (Levels 1 & 2)?

Our innovative Functional Skills Maths courses put maths into real-life contexts, aiding you in your understanding of the world around you and the skills you need for your personal and professional lives.

By studying Functional Skills Maths, you will be starting from the beginning and will be able to see your skills increase over time; level one will take you through numbers, measures, shapes, and handling data; level two will expand your knowledge to include fractions, decimals, three-dimensional shapes and more advanced ways of handling and interpreting data.

Our Functional Skills Maths (Levels 1 and 2) course is ideal if you:

  • Are wanting to progress in your career but do not have GCSE Maths or equivalent – Level 2 can act as an alternative to a GCSE at grade 4 and can be enough to push you forward in the right direction.
  • Are currently in an apprenticeship programme.
  • Are looking to study at your own pace. With frequent assessments, you can book your exam when it suits you. 
  • Are looking to boost your skills in order to feel more confident in solving maths problems in your day-to-day life. This could be anything from household budgeting or adding up your grocery list to calculating how much wallpaper you will need for redecorating your home.
  • Are aiming to continue to further studies such as GCSE, A level or a vocational course but are looking for an introduction to maths through online learning. The skills learned on our Functional Skills courses will be transferable to many other subjects.

Course content

All students will have access to the learning materials for both Level 1 and Level 2. If you are enrolling on Level 2 , your tutor marked assignments will be for that level but you will also have access to all the level 1 materials – this will be helpful for refreshing your skills or for revision.

If you are enrolling on both levels then your tutor marked assignments will start and level 1 and continue to the end of level 2.

Level 1
Section 1 Numbers
Topic 1 Whole numbers
Topic 2 Working with numbers
Topic 3 Fractions
Topic 4 Decimals
Topic 5 Percentages and equivalences
Topic 6 Ratio and proportion
Topic 7 Using a calculator
Level 1 Assignment 1

Section 2 Measures, shape and space
Topic 1 Using different units for measuring
Topic 2 Measuring time
Topic 3 Area and perimeter
Topic 4 Volume
Topic 5 Shapes and symmetry
Topic 6 Angles and bearings
Topic 7 Using plans and maps
Level 1 Assignment 2

Section 3 Handling information and data
Topic 1 Tables
Topic 2 Bar charts
Topic 3 Line graphs
Topic 4 Pie charts
Topic 5 Mean and range
Topic 6 Probability
Level 1 Assignment 3

Level 2
Section 1 Numbers
Topic 1 Working with whole numbers
Topic 2 BIDMAS and formulas
Topic 3 Fractions
Topic 4 Decimals
Topic 5 Percentages and equivalences
Topic 6 Ratio and proportion
Topic 7 Working with money
Level 2 Assignment 1

Section 2 Measures, shape and space
Topic 1 Converting units
Topic 2 Compound measures
Topic 3 Perimeter and area
Topic 4 3D shapes
Topic 5 Nets, plans and elevations
Topic 6 Scale
Topic 7 Coordinates and angles
Level 2 Assignment 2

Section 3 Handling information and data
Topic 1 Mean, median and mode
Topic 2 Using averages
Topic 3 Working out the probability of combined events
Topic 4 Scatter diagrams
Level 2 Assignment 3

Practice paper assignment
Level 1 Practice paper assignment
Level 2 Practice paper assignment

Your tutor is a subject expert who will mark your assignments, giving feedback on the work submitted and advising on areas for improvement. This feedback is vital to improving your grades and will be the best preparation for the final assessments.

What you need to know

Exam board

Pearson Edexcel

Qualification number 603/4267/5 (Level 1)
Qualification number 603/4268/7 (Level 2)


Interactive online learning with tutor marked assignments to prepare you for the assessments


Complete at your own pace – enrol anytime and take the assessment as soon as you’re ready.

Approx. 55* hours plus time for completing assignments per level

*This is an estimate. Everyone is different and learns at a different pace. Your study time will not only include reading the online course materials and doing the online activities, but also completing assignments and preparing yourself for the assessment.


Introductory assignment – a chance for your tutor to get to know you

3 assignments per level – these do not contribute towards your final grade

Tutor marked past paper so you can practise before the exam


There are no essential set texts, as all of the information you need to succeed in the course is included in the course materials.

However, as an additional resource, you might find the following texts useful:

  • CGP Functional Skills Maths Edexcel – Level 1: ISBN 978 1 78908 391 0 
  • CGP Functional Skills Maths Edexcel – Level 2: ISBN 978 1 78908 393 4

Each book contains a code allowing the learner to access the online version.

These texts summarise the specification content and provide practice questions and a practice paper for each Level.


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

You will need some basic mathematical equipment in order to study the course, both during the studies and in the exams.These include:

  • A good calculator with a broad range of functions, for example a π button
  • A ruler
  • A protractor for measuring angles
  • A set of compasses for drawing circles.

Important information

This course page is for Functional Skills Maths Levels 1 and 2, providing you with tutor-marked assignments for both levels.

If you would like to enrol on only level 2, click here.

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials that you need to complete the course
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments carefully designed to prepare you for assessment
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 12 months from your date of enrolment
  • Extensive feedback to all assignments that will support your learning
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Tutor marked past paper so you can practise before the exam

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Any fees in relation to exam entries or assessments
  • Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) in the event of exam cancellation
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Additional past paper marking – to help with your exam preparation
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and assessment

Assessment is by externally set paper-based or onscreen on-demand assessment. Assessments take place throughout the year.

Students are not entered for any exams when they enrol with NEC but we will put you in touch with our trusted partners Tutors and Exams or Academic Enrichment Centre who will enter you and provide you with the opportunity to take the exams.

If our trusted partners do not have any convenient centres for you, you can also contact local colleges or learning establishments who may be able offer the opportunity to take exams with them.

The Level 2 qualification is marked out of 64. Underpinning skills are weighted at 25% with problem-solving at 75%.

Section A: non-calculator section

  • Duration: 25 minutes
  • Accounts for 25% of the qualification

Section B: Calculator section

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Accounts for 75% of the qualification

Exams are organised independently of NEC, by contacting Tutors & Exams or Academic Enrichment Centre directly. They will be able to provide further guidance on exam booking. For further information, please visit https://www.tutorsandexams.uk or https://www.aecentre.co.uk.

Results are issued up to 20 days after completing the external assessment.

NEC offers an exam pass guarantee. In order for this to be applicable to your Functional Skills course, you must have passed the past paper that is provided as part of your course before sitting the external assessment.

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