What is the purpose of this qualification?
The qualification is intended for learners, including adults and young people, who need to develop their mathematical skills at this level in order to progress in further study, work or life. It is particularly suitable for learners who will benefit from a stepped approach to learning mathematics and for those learners who are working at different levels in different aspects of mathematics, as the Level 1 Certificate allows for some achievement at Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.
Each unit is underpinned by the National Standards for Adult Numeracy (QCA 2005) and mapped to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum (DfES 2001, revised 2006-7 and updated 2009). The units have also been mapped to the Functional Skills standards and where appropriate to the GCSE grade descriptions for Mathematics.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification is based on the National Standards for Adult Numeracy and is fully referenced to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. Mandatory units include:
• Numbers, Decimals Fractions and Percentages
• Making Calculations
• Money, Time and Temperature
• Using Size, Shape and Space
• Using and Communicating Data
• Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios
• Using Probability
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite of mathematics qualifications which allows learners to progress through a framework of mathematics units and qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2.
Learners can progress from this Level 1 Certificate to:
• a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in mathematics
• other qualifications at Level 2 and above, including vocational and academic qualifications
• a GCSE in mathematics
• an Apprenticeship programme.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is designed to help learners develop the mathematical skills that are needed in a wide range of job roles.
Progression & Entry Requirements
Learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. However, it is anticipated that the qualification will have been selected as suitable for the individual learner on the basis of findings from initial and/or diagnostic assessment. It is available to learners of any age.