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Functional Skills Level 1 Maths revision

May 2011. Kindly contributed by Charlotte Gustar, Northampton College.

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This PPT refers to City and Guilds Functional Skills assessment but most aspects are applicable to all awarding bodies.

One of a set of three. Equivalent PPTs for L1 Functional English and L1 Functional ICT are also available.

Curriculum links

This PPT covers many aspects of Level 1 Functional Maths. Please refer to the resource description page on for detailed curriculum links and related resources.

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Functional Skills Maths

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  • Please ensure all bags are kept under the table and walkways are kept clear

  • Please keep all food and drink away

  • Please keep mp3 players & mobile phones switched off

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What do you see?

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What do you know?

  • Today’s lesson will be revision for your maths exam.

  • Look at the following maths symbols and words, explain what they are, and give an example.

  • You have 5 minutes!

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Quick fire round

  • What is 1444 – 965?

  • Round 2512 to the nearest 1000.

  • What is the mean of these numbers? 

  • 21 21 104 64 8 22

  • and the range? (Level 2: mode and median)

  • Which of the following fractions are equivalent to 1 ?



    9 12 18 16 30 28

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Quick fire round

  • What is 1444 – 965?


  • Round 2512 to the nearest 1000.


  • The mean and range (Level 2 - mode and median) of these numbers: 

    21 21 104 64 8 22

    mean = 40, range = 96, mode = 21, median = 21.5

  • Which of the following fractions are equivalent to 1



    9 1218 16 30 28

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Top tips for the exam

  • The next couple of slides show common errors made in Functional Maths exams. Be sure not to fall into the same trap!

  • Make revision notes to help you!

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Common error 1:

  • Many students do not use a calculator

  • Impact = inaccurate work = wrong answer

  • Remedy = use a calculator!

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Common error 2

  • Many do not set their work out systematically. This leads to difficulties in sequencing steps.

  • Impact = wrong answers = dropped marks

  • Remedy = answer questions in the set order. Be sure to look for links between questions.

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Common error 3

  • Students do not use a ruler or label diagrams

  • Impact = dropped marks

  • Remedy = use a ruler to draw lines on squared paper. Neatness can be an issue in some cases.

  • Label diagrams in full.

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Common error 4

  • Candidates often not familiar with mean, median, mode and range.

  • Impact = Wrong answer

  • Remedy = know which one to use

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  • Mode

    = the most common number

  • Median

    = the middle value

  • Range

    =how far from biggest to smallest.

  • Mean

    = total of the numbers divided by how many numbers.

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Common error 4

  • When asked to check answers, students write: “checked with a calculator”

  • Impact = Wrong answer = no marks

  • Remedy = step by step sequencing to show the process is important. Make sure you physically write out any checks you do.

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Level 1 Assessment Guidance Notes

  • Is it true that the assessment is in two parts?

  • NO.

  • The exam will take part in one session. It will last for 1 hour 30 minutes

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What should I have with me for the exam?

The exam invigilator will provide the following:

  • the source documents

  • a pencil and eraser

  • a 30cm ruler

  • graph paper


  • You may use a calculator

  • You may use a protractor

  • You may use a dictionary

    You will need to bring:

  • College I.D

  • a pen with black or blue ink

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How long before results are issued?

  • Results slips and certificates will be issued to centres within 42 working days.

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General instructions

There are 3 tasks to complete.

• Show your working out.

• Check your calculations.

• Remember to put units on your answers.

• Write all working out and answers in the answer booklet not on the source documents.

• There are additional pages at the back of this booklet if you run out of space.

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Any questions?

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Now use your task sheet (not included with this PPT)

  • The sheet outlines all the steps necessary to complete the task

  • It incorporates all aspects of skills learnt over the past weeks

  • Try to be as independent in the task as possible – but staff are here to help you if you need it

  • You have 20 minutes...

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Task sheet 2 Mirror tiles(not included with this PPT)

  • There are 15 marks available for this task.

    Overview of task

  • You want a new mirror made up of mirror tiles for your bathroom.

  • You have to work out how many tiles to buy and the total cost of the tiles.

  • You have up to £75 to spend.

  • Use the handouts provided to complete your answers.