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 the specific area of using whole numbers, in order to progress in further study, work or life. The Award is particularly suitable for learners who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities but is equally appropriate for any learners who need only a ‘bite-sized’ amount of mathematical learning at this level, or for those with ‘spiky profiles’ who need a programme which allows them to combine different aspects of mathematics at different levels.
The 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 unit has also been mapped to the Functional Skills standards.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers whole numbers in a way that is consistent with the National Standards for Adult Numeracy and is fully referenced to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum.
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 also progress from this Entry 1 Award:
• to an Entry 1 or 2 (or sometimes Entry 3) Functional Skills qualification in mathematics.
• to other qualifications at Entry 2 and above, for example in preparation for employment or in a vocational area.
• towards a GCSE in mathematics.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is designed to help learners to begin to develop the mathematical skills associated with using whole numbers, that are needed in a wide range of job roles. Learners progressing directly into work are likely to be taking up supported employment opportunities.
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.