Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 1 is the first of five maths qualifications that will help you learn maths skills for the workplace and at home. At Entry Level 1, you’ll learn about the following maths topics: number and the number system, common measures, shape and space and, information and data.

You’ll learn to work through simple maths problems that have a single step to workout the answer. You’ll also learn which to recognise different types of maths problems and figure out how to solve them.

Maths Entry Level 1 – using numbers and the number system – whole numbers

  • 1. Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 20.
  • 2. Use whole numbers to count up to 20 items including zero.
  • 3. Add numbers which total up to 20, and subtract numbers from numbers up to 20.
  • 4. Recognise and interpret the symbols +, – and = appropriately.

Maths Entry Level 1 – using common measures, shape and space.

  • 5. Recognise coins and notes and write them in numbers with the correct symbols (£ & p), where these involve numbers up to 20.
  • 6. Read 12 hour digital and analogue clocks in hours.
  • 7. Know the number of days in a week, months, and seasons in a year. Be able to name and sequence.
  • 8. Describe and make comparisons in words between measures of items including size, length, width, height, weight and capacity.
  • 9. Identify and recognise common 2-D and 3-D shapes including circle, cube, rectangle (incl. square) and triangle.
  • 10.Use everyday positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including left, right, in front, behind, under and above.

Maths Entry Level 1 – handling information and data

  • 11.Read numerical information from lists.
  • 12.Sort and classify objects using a single criterion.
  • 13.Read and draw simple charts and diagrams including a tally chart, block diagram/graph.

Maths Entry Level 1 – solving mathematical problems and decision making

At Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 1, you’ll be expected to be able to:

  • Use given mathematical information and recognise and use simple mathematical terms appropriate to Entry Level 1.
  • Use the methods given above to produce, check and present results that make sense.
  • Provide a simple explanation for those results.

The context for simple problems at this level should be familiar to all students and easily described.

Where can I learn Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 1?

To find entry level 1 maths courses near you, use the National Careers Service Course Finder. Organisations that offer free maths entry level 1 courses for adults include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Adult education centres
  • Some libraries
  • Other training providers