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Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1: This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their skills in Mathematics to help them gain the most from work, education and everyday life. Its assessment requires the learner to apply skills-based and problem-solving techniques in realistic settings.

Functional skills qualifications are recommended for learners over the age of 14. The qualification is suitable for delivery in a wide range of learning environments and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as part of a wider programme of study such as an apprenticeship or a traineeship. Learners undertaking an apprenticeship or an advanced apprenticeship will need to successfully complete functional skills as part of their framework or prove their exemption.

The content of this course includes the following:

  • pure mathematics
  • problem solving


This qualification can be achieved using a variety of teaching and learning methods including classroom-based delivery, distance learning and embedded learning, the recommended learning hours must be completed. The GLH for this qualification is 45 hours; however, teaching time depends largely on the mode of delivery and the individual learner’s needs.

Who should attend?

Functional skills qualifications are open to learners of all ages although they are intended for learners over the age of 14. There are no formal entry requirements for learners wishing to take these qualifications. Centres are however advised to assess a learner’s ICT skills prior to registering them for on-screen assessment. Paper-based assessment should be used for learners with limited ICT skills.

Assessment method

This qualification consists of one mandatory component. Learners must complete one written examination that is set, marked and moderated by HABC. The duration of the examination is 2 hours. The assessment will test a learner’s representing, analysing and interpreting skills using numbers, geometry and statistics in functional contexts. The learners must answer a series of questions based on purposeful scenarios and all questions must be completed. Mathematics examinations are available on demand in both an on screen and a paper-based format.