Functional Skills Entry Level 3 is the third of five maths qualifications that will help you learn maths skills for the workplace and at home. At Entry Level 3, 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.

Entry Level 3 – using numbers and the number system – whole numbers, fractions and decimals

  • 1. Count, read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1000.
  • 2. Add and subtract using three-digit whole numbers.
  • 3. Divide three-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers and express remainders.
  • 4. Multiply two-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers.
  • 5. Approximate by rounding numbers less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100 and use this rounded answer to check results.
  • 6. Recognise and continue linear sequences of numbers up to 100.
  • 7. Read, write and understand thirds, quarters, fifths and tenths including equivalent forms.
  • 8. Read, write and use decimals up to two decimal places.
  • 9. Recognise and continue sequences that involve decimals.

Entry Level 3 – using common measures, shape and space

  • 10.Calculate with money using decimal notation and express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence.
  • 11.Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p.
  • 12.Read, measure and record time using am and pm.
  • 13.Read time from analogue and 24 hour digital clocks in hours and minutes.
  • 14.Use and compare measures of length, capacity, weight and temperature using metric or imperial units to the nearest labelled or unlabelled division.
  • 15.Compare metric measures of length including millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres.
  • 16.Compare measures of weight including grams and kilograms.
  • 17.Compare measures of capacity including millilitres and litres.
  • 18.Use a suitable instrument to measure mass and length.
  • 19.Sort 2-D and 3-D shapes using properties including lines of symmetry, length, right angles, angles including in rectangles and triangles.
  • 20.Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including eight compass points and including full/half/quarter turns.

Entry Level 3 – handling information and data

  • 21.Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and charts and create frequency tables.
  • 22.Interpret information, to make comparisons and record changes, from different formats including bar charts and simple line graphs.
  • 23.Organise and represent information in appropriate ways including tables, diagrams, simple line graphs and bar charts.

Entry Level 3 – solving mathematical problems and decision making

At Entry Level 3, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use given mathematical information including numbers, symbols, simple diagrams and charts.
  • Recognise, understand and use simple mathematical terms appropriate to Entry Level 3.
  • Use the methods given above to produce, check and present results that make sense to an appropriate level of accuracy.
  • Present results with appropriate and reasoned explanation using numbers, measures, simple diagrams, charts and symbols appropriate to Entry Level 3.

Where can I learn Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 3?

To find entry level 3 maths courses near you, use the National Careers Service Course Finder. Organisations that offer free maths entry level 3 courses for adults include:

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