Functional Maths Skills Level 2

Maths Course Information

The good news for Maths Functional Skills (from September 2012) is that you can now use a calculator. The bad news is that Multiple Choice answers go out the window and you now have to show how you reached your answer.  Marks will be awarded for your working and for showing checking processes. It is now not enough to simply get the right answer.  This is important to know, as it is a way to potentially pick up further points regardless of the answer being correct or incorrect.

Below is a rough list of what you need to know. Of course for Level 2 you need to know all of Level 1 as well.


  • Read, write order and compare large numbers
  • Discuss negative numbers in practical contexts
  • Use negative numbers in a practical context, e.g. temperature below zero, loss in trading
  • Read, write order and compare large numbers
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to three places
  • Know and use strategies to check answers obtained with a calculator
  • Use exchange rate to calculate the amount of foreign currency required
  • Understand BIDMAS
  • Use formula to calculate cost of gas bills (or similar)
  • Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols to produce results.
  • Identify and recognise equivalent fractions
  • Use fraction to compare two numbers
  • Match equivalent fractions
  • Find a fraction of an amount
  • Solve problems involving percentages
  • Order and compare percentages and demonstrate understanding of percentage increase and decrease.
  • Calculate cost of credit
  • Calculate VAT of given amounts.
  • Calculate one number as percentage of another.
  • Complete a table of equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Convert percentage savings and profit to fraction and decimals
  • Apply fraction, decimal and percentage in problem solving situations
  • Categorise metric and imperial units of length, distance, weight, capacity
  • Read scales to different levels of accuracy, including reading between marked divisions
  • Calculate with units of measure within the same system
  • Convert metric units to imperial units and vice versa
  • Calculate the area and perimeter of the room
  • Use given formulae to find areas of composite shapes (e.g. non-rectangular rooms or plots of land)
  • Break down a composite shape into regular shapes
  • Use Formulae to find Volumes (1000 cm2 = 1 litre)
  • Draw an accurate scale plan using a scale expressed as a ratio
  • Accurately work out distances from the scale on a map
  • Measure a room and present the dimensions in form of scale drawing
  • Use common 2D representations of 3-D objects
  • Solve problems involving 2-D shapes and parallel lines
  • Extract and interpret information from lists, tables, charts and graphs
  • Present outcome of investigation using a pie chart and bar chart
  • Design a chart to collect information in a practical situation
  • Calculate mean, median and mode.
  • Discuss the distinctions that each average is useful for different purposes.
  • Find the range and use it to describe the spread within sets of data
  • Accurately record the range of possible outcomes of combined events in tree diagrams or in tables.