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Development Spotlight: Maths Functional Skills

This edition of development spotlight we are taking a look at two qualifications from our upcoming suite of Functional Skills.

The IQ Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Entry Level 1 and the IQ Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Entry Level 2 are the first of the Maths suite to be accredited and are aimed at learners of all ages looking to develop their skills in a work-related context.

Both qualifications will be assessed through a one and a half hour paper, which is taken under controlled assessment conditions and internally marked by centres. With a key focus on making maths work-related and relevant to the everyday tasks candidates face, we are also producing a range of papers, so that centres can match the most appropriate paper to their learners.

All of our functional maths questions revolve around everyday tasks, such as working out which train you need to catch to attend a meeting on time, buying lunch whilst on a budget or simply counting supplies / stock levels (something that can be contextualised to fit the candidate’s working environment). We anticipate that these entry level Maths qualifications will be available to centres from the 1st of July. A sample assessment and mark scheme will be available on our website shortly.

Unlike the three Entry Level qualifications, however, the Level 1 and 2 are externally assessed, using our innovative online assessment platform, which we are currently finalising. To participate in the open pilot programme, click here.


With the launch of Functional Skills, IQ will be able to provide complete apprenticeship packages to our centres, greatly easing the administrative burden they face.

As a compulsory element of apprenticeships (for candidates without the appropriate GCSEs at grade C or above), Functional Skills play a vital role in helping to raise the employability prospects of those that take them. Indeed, the importance of Functional Skills was recently recognised by Government, with the doubling of funding rates in order to encourage quality provision; the fully funded rate will be £724 from August 2013.

To compliment IQ’s development of the Functional Skills suite, we have also developed two teaching qualifications at level 3, The IQ Level 3 Award in Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching and the IQ Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching. These awards are available now and are designed to help up-skill teachers and assessors.

All Things Functional

Finally, we would urge anyone interested in Functional Skills to attend the ‘All Things Functional Conference’ on 14th June for a host of workshops and presentations by sector experts. More information can be found here.

May 31, 2013 01:59 PM