Maths functional skills (level 2)

Course Dates: 01/11/22 - 21/02/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Do you need to gain a national maths qualification to show you have a good level of mathematical competence? Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use skills to solve complex issues in a variety of situations. You will develop your maths to become a problem-solver, analyser and decision-maker.
You must complete the Getting Ready for Maths functional skills (level 2) course before doing the full qualification course.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
You need to complete a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).

At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.



This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AMA501A

Available start dates 

Tue, eve, 01 Nov - 21 Feb '23

Duration: 14 sessions (over 17 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course will prepare you do well on the Level 2 Functional Skills qualification and to develop the maths you need to work and everyday life. You will develop your mathematical skills and knowledge in working with the number system, with measures, with shapes and space and handling information and data. You will learn to recognise and obtain a solution or solutions to a complex problem within and across these areas and make decisions based on your results.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will cover a range of topics, including how to
• calculate with fractions, decimals, percentages and use ratios
• apply the Order of Operations rules to all your calculations, including indices
• calculate with common measures across and within the Metric and Imperial systems of measure
• calculate speed and density
• use properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes in calculations, including composite shapes, triangles and circles,
angles and co-ordinates.
• extract, interpret and construct tables, diagrams, charts and graph and recognise patterns and correlation
• calculate and interpret probabilities, including probabilities from group data.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• pass Maths Level 2 Functional Skills exam
• calculate with fractions, decimals, percentages and use ratios confidently
• calculate with common measures and across the Metric and Imperial systems of measure
• use the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes in calculations, including angles and co-ordinates.
• extract, interpret and construct tables, diagrams, charts and graph and recognise patterns and correlation
• calculate and interpret probabilities, including from group data.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

To do this course you will need to have a good level of English, at least Level 2. You must be able to complete the whole course and sit the exam at the end of the course. You will need to be in class each week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, ruler, pencil, calculator, lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts, access to Google Classroom and links to useful websites to enable you to extend and practice your skills outside class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may want to continue your maths studies and apply for a GCSE course or consider an Access course if planning to go to University.

There are many courses you can do before, during or after this course. These include:
• Maths higher GCSE
• Maths foundation GCSE
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to present data for work or study (L2+)
• Becoming data literate: understanding data and how it is presented from pie-charts to bell curves (level 2+)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
• Financial Planning: managing your money long-term

There also many English, employability and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
• Develop your English for the workplace: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Essential digital skills for work (Level 1).

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