Functional Skills Maths for Adults

Functional Skills Maths for Adults

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Functional Skills Maths for Adults

Functional Skills Maths can be studied part-time over 1 year. Classes take place at various sites with different start dates through the year. Classes are available during the day and in the evening and are 2.5 hours long, based in a friendly and welcoming environment. Functional Skills is the right course for you if you want to improve your number work, measuring and data handling. When you complete Functional Skills at level 1, you should be ready for GCSE Maths.

When you apply for a maths course at the college, you will be invited to one of our centres for assessment and interview to see which course best suits your needs and abilities. The centre where this takes place is not necessarily where you will study and we will ask you about your preferred campus during the interview. You will also need to do a skills assessment, which is nothing to worry about, we just need to make sure you are enrolling onto the correct course. It will also allow us to identify if you have any additional support needs. Please note, the skills assessment and interview can take up to 2 hours so allow plenty of time.

Your strengths and weaknesses will be assessed at the beginning of your course and you will agree an Individual Learning Plan with your teacher who will give you feedback on your progress throughout the course. You can work on topics to meet your individual needs at a pace that suits you. You will be expected to complete study outside the classroom and access to online resources to support your studies will be made available.

At the beginning of the course we will check you have the IT skills you will need to support you in your learning and you will complete an IT qualification.

Start date: From January 2019

Duration 20 Weeks
Study mode Part Time
Start date Various
Campus Joseph Priestley, Deacon House, Enfield Centre, Park Lane Campus, Rothwell Centre
Course code Campus Specific
Fee Free if you don’t have a grade C or above in this subject

What you learn

Our adult maths courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications, either functional skills or progression awards, which will enhance your CV when applying for jobs. 

Apply, come to an interview and we can discuss your best options for studying maths with us. 

Benefits / Skills you will develop

All Adult Maths courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications, either Functional skills, GCSE which will enhance your CV when applying for jobs.

These courses will help you in developing mathematical skills and problem solving, necessary for employment and life.

They will also seek to build your confidence, interpersonal skills, academic study amongst other things.

For GCSE you will study the national GCSE Maths syllabus. 

How you will be assessed

Functional Skills at Entry Level is assessed by students completing an assessment in class. At Level 1 & 2 students sit a test under exam conditions. Online testing is available.

Personalised learning is assessed through building a portfolio of work in class.

On the Maths GCSE programme, there will be two exams, one using a calculator and one without.

Depending on qualification and level assessment methods vary. Each course will require you to either undertake an internal assessment or examination. Online testing may be available for some courses.


Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course is offered at the following Leeds City College sites:

  • Joseph Priestley Centre
  • Deacon House
  • Enfield Centre
  • Park Lane Campus
  • Rothwell Centre

Day and evening options are available at some of these.


Entry requirements

You do not need any formal qualifications to join the Adult Maths. You will be invited to attend an informal interview and complete an assessment to find out the skills you need to work on. Your teacher will help you to decide which course is the best for you. 

To begin the GCSE Mathematics course you should already be competent in using numbers: whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Your suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

A strong desire to improve your skills, confidence, etc. is also advantageous. 

What's next

Following completion of the Adult Maths course, there are opportunities to join other short courses, move onto the next level qualification or apply for GCSE Maths or vocational courses.

The GCSE Maths qualification is a vital qualification which can lead to better employment prospects and access to further study.

Our students progress to a wide variety of courses at higher levels and improve their employability potential as a result of studying both of these courses.



Campus Locations

Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston

Burton Avenue
West Yorkshire
LS11 5ER
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 1.4 MilesWebsite

Deacon House Centre

Seacroft Avenue
West Yorkshire
LS14 6JD
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Cross Gates Station, 1.3 MilesWebsite

Enfield Centre

Enfield Terrace
West Yorkshire
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 1.4 MilesWebsite

Park Lane Campus

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.7 MilesWebsite

Rothwell Centre

14-16 Marsh Street
West Yorkshire
LS26 0AG
0113 386 1997
Nearest train station