At REACH we believe that Maths should be taught, not just as an independent academic subject, but as a life skill that prepares our students for their next steps as they transition in to adult life.

We understand that maths is not a subject that everyone likes, however, it is a subject that everyone needs and of our all students are encouraged to believe that by working hard at mathematics, they can succeed and that making mistakes is not seen as a failure, but as a valuable opportunity for learning and growth.

REACH offers all of our students the chance to achieve qualifications in Functional Skills from Entry Level, Level 1 to Level 2. This will reinforce their understanding and application of numeracy, whilst building a level of confidence and resilience to achieve a GCSE in Maths at the end of Year 11.

What are Functional Skills?

“Functional skills are practical skills in English, mathematics and information and communication technology (ICT) that allow individuals to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.” Department for Education and Skills

Functional Skills Levels

Functional Skills qualifications are available at:

Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

As an approximate comparison Functional Skills are similar too:

  • Entry Level 1 – 3 is below GCSE level

  • Level 1 is comparable to GCSE grades 1 – 3

  • Level 2 is comparable to GCSE grade 4.

Do we still study GCSE (9-1)

Yes, all of our lessons are planned to ensure that our students are working towards a GCSE. We find that using Functional Skills helps build confidence and engagement in Maths as students can relate to the real life aspect of the qualification. This then ensures students have the underpinning numeracy knowledge they need to progress and achieve at GCSE level.

Maths revision links

Below are recommended revision links for both Functional Skills and GCSE Maths: