Functional Skills Maths – Entry Level 3



The course focuses on building essential mathematical skills required for practical use in various real-life contexts. It aims to equip learners with the tools they need to confidently apply mathematical concepts, solve complex problems, and make informed decisions.

Number and Calculation Skills: Learners will deepen their understanding of numbers and calculations through interactive activities and exercises. They will develop skills in working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios. The course will cover advanced arithmetic operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as the application of these operations in real-life situations. Learners will also explore the relationships between different number systems and develop problem-solving strategies.

Measurement and Shape Skills: The course will enhance learners' measurement and shape skills. They will explore advanced techniques for measurement, including conversions between units of measurement and calculations involving area, volume, and surface area. Learners will also deepen their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, including their properties, transformations, and calculations of perimeter, area, and volume. They will apply these skills to practical situations and problem-solving scenarios.

Data Handling and Problem-Solving Skills: Learners will develop advanced data handling and problem-solving skills. They will learn to interpret and analyse complex data sets presented in tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams. The course will cover statistical concepts, such as averages, probability, and correlation, enabling learners to make informed interpretations and draw meaningful conclusions. Learners will also develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies to tackle complex mathematical problems in a variety of contexts.

By the end of this course, you should be able to

Whole numbers

  • Count, read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1000
  • Add and subtract using three-digit whole numbers
  • Recall addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Multiply two-digit whole numbers by single-digit whole numbers
  • Recall multiplication facts (e.g. multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 10)
  • Divide two-digit whole numbers by single-digit whole numbers and interpret remainder
  • Approximate by rounding numbers less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100
  • Estimate answers to calculations
  • Use and interpret +, - , x , ÷ and = in practical situations for solving problems

Fractions, decimals and percentages

  • Read, write and understand common fractions (e.g. 3/4, 2/3, 1/10)
  • Recognise and use equivalent forms (e.g. 5/10 = 1/2)
  • Read, write and understand decimals up to two decimal places in practical contexts (such as: common measures to one decimal place, e.g.  5 m; money in decimal notation, e.g.  £2.37)
  • Use a calculator to calculate using whole numbers and decimals to solve problems in context, and to check calculations

Common measures

  • Add and subtract sums of money using decimal notation
  • Round sums of money to the nearest £ and 10p and make approximate calculations
  • Read, measure and record time
  • Read and interpret distance in everyday situations
  • Read, estimate, measure and compare length using non-standard and standard units
  • Read, estimate, measure and compare weight using non-standard and standard units
  • Read, estimate, measure and compare capacity using non-standard and standard units
  • Choose and use appropriate units and measuring  instruments
  • Read, measure and compare temperature using common units and instruments

Shape and space

  • Sort 2-D and 3-D shapes to solve practical problems using properties (e.g. lines of symmetry, side length, angles)

Data and statistical measures

  • Extract numerical information from lists, tables, diagrams and simple charts
  • Make numerical comparisons from bar charts and pictograms
  • Make observations and record numerical information using a tally
  • Organise and represent information in different ways so that it makes sense to others.

The course emphasises the practical application of mathematical skills in everyday contexts. Learners will develop skills to interpret and solve problems related to finance, statistics, measurements, and calculations. They will also enhance their ability to use mathematical reasoning and logical thinking to make informed decisions and solve practical challenges they may encounter in their personal and professional lives.

Throughout the course, learners will receive guidance and support from experienced instructors who will provide constructive feedback on their progress. They will have access to a range of learning resources, including textbooks, online materials, and interactive exercises, to enhance their learning experience.

By successfully completing the Certificate in Functional Skills in Mathematics (Entry Level 3), learners will have developed a high level of proficiency in mathematical skills, enabling them to confidently apply mathematical concepts in practical situations, pursue further education, and enhance their employability prospects.



Course Type / Level

Entry Level 3



Who is this for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to build their confidence and ability in maths.

There will be additional support available in the class if necessary.

It is also suitable for those who need maths for work or self-improvement.

Entry Requirements

Age 19 +
EU/UK resident for the last 3 Years

Dates and Duration

Start Date: 19 September 2023
Time: 13:00 - 15:30
Day: Tuesday
Duration: 20 Weeks

Start Date: 20 September 2023
Time: 12:30 - 15:00
Day: Wednesday
Duration: 20 Weeks


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Progression Route

Progress onto Level 1 Functional SKills Maths 

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