Functional Skills


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Functional Skills Overview

“ACL” our learners say, “I don’t want to go back to school” or “Fractions are my nemesis” or “Spelling… isn’t that what spell check is for?”

For many people the idea of revisiting Maths or English qualification leaves a bad taste in their mouths so we are here to take some of the stress and strain away from Functional Skills training. We offer programmes to suit you as an individual, meet your goals in a structured yet manageable program. We aim to get you through your qualification level within a 3 month period but for those of you who are lucky to find 5 minutes with your kids running wild, who have work commitments to adhere to or for those of you who find life simply gets in the way we are always happy to discuss time frames to suit your free time.

Don’t want to wait until the end of term to sit your exam? Don’t have time to attend classes? Have an erratic schedule? Can’t get childcare? Got a deadline to get your uni application in but still haven’t got that pesky certificate evidence?

We will be flexible to your needs and our team of pros always loves a challenge. Our programmes allow the learner to be in control, you can go at your own pace, when you want, where you want – remember we are always here to help and support you when you need it.

“But ACL, I will be calling you every two minutes”

There is no such thing as too many phone calls, we love phone calls, emails and visits.



With so many reasons to improve your maths, from helping your child with their homework to securing a job, ACL are here to help you make the right choices to help you with a brighter future.

Functional Skills Mathematics, Entry Level 3, Levels 1 & 2, aims to ensure that each individual is able to solve problems in real-life, functional contexts and develop skills in representing situations using mathematics, analysing calculations and solving problems, interpreting the mathematics to explain situations. For each level, realistic contexts have been designed so that learners develop the functional skills they need. Candidates must pass the assessment at their chosen level in order to achieve the award for Functional Skills Mathematics. You will cover a range of topics from the following three areas:


Entry 3: Add and subtract using three-digit numbers,  solve practical problems involving multiplication and division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, round to the nearest 10 or 100, understand and use simple fractions, recognise and describe number patterns, understand decimals to two decimal places in practical contexts,

Level 1: Understand and use whole numbers and understand negative numbers in practical contexts, add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies, understand and use equivalences between common fractions, decimals and Percentages, add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places, solve simple problems involving ratio, where one number is a multiple of the other , use simple formulae expressed in words for one- or two-step operations

Level 2: understand and use positive and negative numbers of any size in practical contexts, carry out calculations with numbers of any size in practical contexts, to a given number of decimal places, understand, use and calculate ratio and proportion, including problems involving scale, understand and use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages, understand and use simple formulae and equations involving one or two operations


Entry 3: complete simple calculations involving money and measures, recognise and name simple 2-D and 3-D shapes and their properties, use metric units in everyday situations

Level 1: Solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature,  convert units of measure in the same system, work out areas and perimeters in practical situations, construct geometric diagrams, models and shapes, understand, estimate, measure and compare length, capacity, weight and temperature.

Level 2: recognise and use 2-D representations of 3-D objects, find area, perimeter and volume of common shapes, use, convert and calculate using metric and, where appropriate, imperial measures.


Entry 3 Extract, use and compare information from lists, tables, simple charts and simple graphs

Level 1: Extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs, collect and record discrete data and organise and represent information in different ways, find mean and range, use data to assess the likelihood of an outcome,

Level 2: Collect and represent discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate, use and interpret statistical measures, tables and diagrams, for discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate,  use statistical methods to investigate situations, use probability to assess the likelihood of an outcome.

GLH: 45 per qualification level

All programmes are towards nationally recognised qualifications. Level 2 certificates are equivalent to GCSE A-C grades.


These courses will help you to use English effectively in everyday life, learning and work. They will improve your chances of finding work, increase your career prospects and prepare you for further study.

Functional Skills English Entry Level 3, Level 1 & 2  covers the following areas:

Speaking, listening and communication

Entry 3: Respond appropriately to others and make some extended contributions in familiar formal and informal discussions and exchanges

Level 1: Take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects

Level 2: Make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations.


Entry 3: Read and understand the purpose and content of straightforward texts that explain, inform and recount information

Level 1: Read and understand a range of straightforward texts

Level 2:  Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions.


Entry 3: Write texts with some adaptation to the intended audience

Level 1: Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions, using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience

Level 2: Write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communicating

information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively

There are 3 modular exams which make up the full certificate at your chosen level. All 3 tests must be passed before achievement of the Functional Skills English qualification.

GLH: 45 per qualification level