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Functional Skills Maths Exam - Home (Office Hours)

Overview

Our brand new remote Functional Skills exams could be exactly what you're looking for! Have you ever thought that sitting an exam would be so much more comfortable if you could just do it from home? Well now you can! learndirect are proud to be one of the UK's only online providers of remote Functional Skills exams. 

So what does this actually mean?

Remote exams are exams you can do in the comfort of your own home using our virtual classroom technology. This means you won't have to sit in a room with other people to take your exam. You can do your exam on your own, with an invigilator watching via webcam to make sure you are following the exam guidelines. Before your exam you will be sent a handbook with all of the rules and regulations you need to follow and guidance on how we will make your exam as fair as possible. 

Functional Skills Qualifications are recognised as a GCSE equivalent, and accepted by most colleges and universities.

A qualification in Functional Skills Mathematics demonstrates that you understand and can use everyday maths to solve problems in life and at work.

Our Functional Skills exams are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and are accredited by Open Awards. Open Awards is an Awarding Organisation approved by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulatory body who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

NB - Failure to meet the requirements of the exam board during your exam could result in disqualification. 

Modules

Functional Skills Mathematics includes one exam which tests your ability to utilise mathematics skills to solve problems involving the following areas:

  • Using numbers – This section covers everything from whole numbers to fractions, decimals and percentages. You’ll display your ability to solve real problems using these skills, including making decisions about purchases, using ratios in recipes and in work or working out whether your bills are correct.
  • Understanding measure, shape and space – This section contains a wide range of topics from area and distance to time, speed and temperature. You’ll show how you can solve problems involving time to plan your day-to-day or work life, and your understanding of shape and area to do anything from read a map to plan a house renovation.
  • Handling data – This section looks at working with information. In your exam you’ll summarise and present information that you’ve found and show that you understand information that other people are sharing with you. You’ll also display your skills with probability and how to spot patterns and explain how data and statistics can be biased.

Part of the maths exam allows the use of a non-scientific calculator.

Requirements

Functional Skills qualifications are only available in England.

Before you take your exam, you need to have the following equipment:

  • A good quality laptop
  • An internet connection that can support our virtual classroom technology (we recommend at least 3mbps)
  • A basic calculator, there must be nothing stored in the memory, the invigilator will check this before the exam begins.
  • A webcam (if your laptop does not have one) – this must be capable of producing at least a 480p quality video
  • A pen or pencil
  • Some paper

Assessment

Exams are available Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. subject to the availability of an invigilator. You must have a quiet room where you will not be disturbed. We will invigilate your exam using online classroom technology. Part of the exam allows the use of a non-scientific calculator.

All instalment plans must be paid and up to date before an exam can be booked. In addition, exams cannot be booked for dates before the final payment is successfully made. For example, if two monthly payments are due in the future, an exam can be booked, but the exam date will be after the final payment is received.

Qualifications

Open Awards

Open Awards logo

For all our functional skills qualifications and certification we work with Open Awards.

Open Awards are a UK-based Awarding Organisation approved by both Ofqual and as an Access Validating Agency by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). They provide a broad range of qualifications from Functional Skills, Vocational Training, Access to Higher Education Diplomas. They are committed to helping provide the highest quality learning experience to help transform lives.

Developing your career

Functional Skills maths can help you do develop your career or even to find that job you’ve always wanted. Many employers now look for a level 2 qualification in maths before they consider hiring a candidate for a job. Gaining this qualification could be just what you need to give you that boost against the other people applying for the position.

Maths is also really beneficial for your day to day life skills. You can make sure your phone bill is correct, work out discounts to make sure you get the best deal. You could even plan renovations to your house!

Functional Skills maths is also great if you want to help your children with their homework, you’ll learn how to help them get the right answer.

Functional Skills maths can even give you the skills you need to go to university. Many universities now have an entry requirement of a level 2 in maths, gaining this could be your ticket to studying your degree. You need to check with the university that they accept Functional Skills maths before starting your course.

Our brand new remote Functional Skills exams could be exactly what you're looking for! Have you ever thought that sitting an exam would be so much more comfortable if you could just do it from home? Well now you can! learndirect are proud to be one of the UK's only online providers of remote Functional Skills exams. 

So what does this actually mean?

Remote exams are exams you can do in the comfort of your own home using our virtual classroom technology. This means you won't have to sit in a room with other people to take your exam. You can do your exam on your own, with an invigilator watching via webcam to make sure you are following the exam guidelines. Before your exam you will be sent a handbook with all of the rules and regulations you need to follow and guidance on how we will make your exam as fair as possible. 

Functional Skills Qualifications are recognised as a GCSE equivalent, and accepted by most colleges and universities.

A qualification in Functional Skills Mathematics demonstrates that you understand and can use everyday maths to solve problems in life and at work.

Our Functional Skills exams are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and are accredited by Open Awards. Open Awards is an Awarding Organisation approved by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulatory body who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

NB - Failure to meet the requirements of the exam board during your exam could result in disqualification. 

Modules

Functional Skills Mathematics includes one exam which tests your ability to utilise mathematics skills to solve problems involving the following areas:

  • Using numbers – This section covers everything from whole numbers to fractions, decimals and percentages. You’ll display your ability to solve real problems using these skills, including making decisions about purchases, using ratios in recipes and in work or working out whether your bills are correct.
  • Understanding measure, shape and space – This section contains a wide range of topics from area and distance to time, speed and temperature. You’ll show how you can solve problems involving time to plan your day-to-day or work life, and your understanding of shape and area to do anything from read a map to plan a house renovation.
  • Handling data – This section looks at working with information. In your exam you’ll summarise and present information that you’ve found and show that you understand information that other people are sharing with you. You’ll also display your skills with probability and how to spot patterns and explain how data and statistics can be biased.

Part of the maths exam allows the use of a non-scientific calculator.

Requirements

Functional Skills qualifications are only available in England.

Before you take your exam, you need to have the following equipment:

  • A good quality laptop
  • An internet connection that can support our virtual classroom technology (we recommend at least 3mbps)
  • A basic calculator, there must be nothing stored in the memory, the invigilator will check this before the exam begins.
  • A webcam (if your laptop does not have one) – this must be capable of producing at least a 480p quality video
  • A pen or pencil
  • Some paper

Assessment

Exams are available Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. subject to the availability of an invigilator. You must have a quiet room where you will not be disturbed. We will invigilate your exam using online classroom technology. Part of the exam allows the use of a non-scientific calculator.

All instalment plans must be paid and up to date before an exam can be booked. In addition, exams cannot be booked for dates before the final payment is successfully made. For example, if two monthly payments are due in the future, an exam can be booked, but the exam date will be after the final payment is received.

Qualifications

Open Awards

Open Awards logo

For all our functional skills qualifications and certification we work with Open Awards.

Open Awards are a UK-based Awarding Organisation approved by both Ofqual and as an Access Validating Agency by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). They provide a broad range of qualifications from Functional Skills, Vocational Training, Access to Higher Education Diplomas. They are committed to helping provide the highest quality learning experience to help transform lives.

Functional Skills maths can help you do develop your career or even to find that job you’ve always wanted. Many employers now look for a level 2 qualification in maths before they consider hiring a candidate for a job. Gaining this qualification could be just what you need to give you that boost against the other people applying for the position.

Maths is also really beneficial for your day to day life skills. You can make sure your phone bill is correct, work out discounts to make sure you get the best deal. You could even plan renovations to your house!

Functional Skills maths is also great if you want to help your children with their homework, you’ll learn how to help them get the right answer.

Functional Skills maths can even give you the skills you need to go to university. Many universities now have an entry requirement of a level 2 in maths, gaining this could be your ticket to studying your degree. You need to check with the university that they accept Functional Skills maths before starting your course.

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