Essential skills to ensure you’re work-ready

Functional Skills: Maths

Programme Type: Part-time Course
Availability: All areas

Is it for me?

Maths is a vital skill we all need to develop and keep using throughout life. Almost every job requires the ability to use numbers confidently, along with the capacity to problem solve and use technology effectively.

Essential Information

Work-based or at one of HTP Apprenticeship College's campuses.
Start Date
Entry Requirements
No formal entry requirements
Course Length
3–9 months
Qualifications Achievable
  • Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.
Awarding Body
City & Guilds


Functional Skills qualifications are available at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. Level 2 is comparable to GCSE grade 4. Studying Functional Skills will help you gain confidence and fluency in using Maths.
What would I do on the course?

By studying Functional Skills, you will be able to demonstrate your confidence in using mathematics and demonstrate a sound grasp of mathematical knowledge and skills and apply this to solve straightforward mathematical problems.

Functional Skills in Maths cover three main areas:

  • Using numbers and the number system
  • Using common measures, shape and space
  • Handling data and information


Entry Level Exams

There is one exam set which is paper-based, set by City & Guilds and marked internally by HTP.

  • Section 1 (non-calculator) worth 25% of the total marks, duration 25 minutes
  • Section 2 (calculator) worth 75% of the total marks, duration 65 minutes

Level 1 and Level 2 Exams

There is one exam set and marked externally by City & Guilds

  • Section 1 (non-calculator) worth 25% of the total marks, duration 25 minutes
  • Section 2 (calculator) worth 75% of the total marks, duration 1 hour 20 minutes
Where does the training take place?

For apprentices, Functional Skills are delivered one-to-one in the workplace with additional taught support sessions available at one of HTP’s campuses.
For Study Programme learners, Functional Skills are classroom-based as part of the timetable.

How do I get started?

Functional Skills are only currently available if you are currently undertaking an Apprenticeship, Full-time Study programme or Traineeship.

What support will I get?

At HTP Apprenticeship College we will do everything we can to support you and to improve your life chances. In addition to providing support for your programme and qualifications, we want learners to feel that they are in a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes social, physical and moral development.

What advice and guidance can I expect to receive?

From the time you contact us, during training, and after you complete your programme, our experienced staff are on hand to provide you with the help and advice you need to achieve your career aspirations. More information about the Careers Programme we offer can be found on our Support Page or contact one of our Recruitment and Careers Advisors using our Contact Form or by calling 01983 533926.

Have more questions about the course?

Please contact us and one of the tutors will be able to help you.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress in Functional Skills until you achieve your Level 2
Contact us now and get onto your career-starting Course or Apprenticeship

Newport Old Grammar School Campus: 01983 533926