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Course Overview

A qualification for work, life and study. Achievement of the qualification demonstrates a sound grasp of mathematical skills at the appropriate level and the ability to apply mathematical thinking effectively to solve problems successfully in the workplace and in other real-life situations. We believe the support we offer for functional skills is the best available in the apprenticeship sector. With fast turnarounds, exceptional customer support and industry-leading resources and guidance, we can help you achieve your ambitions.

Benefits you will gain:

  • High-quality study materials
  • Highfield’s comprehensive functional skills handbook
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification
  • Study in a friendly environment
  • Examination options (paper-based or on-screen)
  • Complimentary access to an online functional skills resource that hosts a range of engaging mathematics materials to support learners, including initial assessments, tutorials and interactive learning resources
  • Excellent customer support


Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 2

Highfield Qualifications

Awarded by Highfield Qualifications

The total qualification time for these qualifications is 55 hours for level 2 and of these 45 hours are recommended as guided learning hours. 

What does the Qualification cover?

  • Using numbers and the number system
  • Using common measures, shape and space
  • Handling information and data

Each assessment will assess a range of the subject content from all 3 mathematical areas.


Highfield functional skills qualifications in mathematics lend themselves to several different modes of delivery, examples of which are:

  • classroom delivery: a learner attends taught sessions with further work given as homework (self-study);
  • distance learning (self-study): a learner uses resources (paper-based or e-learning) and completes tasks independently with remote tutor/assessor support;
  • embedded learning: functional skills in Mathematics can be embedded within other taught programmes;
  • blended learning: a mixture of 2 or more of the above modes.

Method of Assessment:

Learners must complete:

  • On-screen Assessment – On-screen assessments are scheduled via Highfield Central.
  • Paper-based assessment – Paper-based assessments are scheduled via Highfield Central. 

Highfield Qualifications’ on-demand paper-based and on-screen assessments for functional skills allow centres the flexibility to set a date of assessment at a time convenient to both the centre and the learner.

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification consists of one mandatory component and is assessed by an externally set examination that consists of two parts:

  • the Calculator test (110 minutes)
  • the Non-calculator test (40 minutes)

The total duration of the examination is 2 hours 30 minutes

The assessment will require learners to demonstrate underpinning knowledge skills and problem-solving techniques in realistic settings. Learners must answer a series of questions based on purposeful scenarios and all questions must be completed.

Assessments completed remotely, what does it actually mean?

Assessments can be completed in the comfort of your own home using virtual classroom technology. This means you won’t have to sit in a room with other people to take your assessment. You can do your assessment on your own, with an invigilator watching via webcam to make sure you are following the exam guidelines. Before your assessment, you will be sent instructions with all of the rules and regulations you need to follow and guidance on how we will make your assessment as fair as possible.

This course is designed for distance learning study and completion, however, if you want us to come to you, it will cost £174 (£145 ex VAT) + travel costs.

Guidance on results notification and certification

To achieve the  Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 2 learners must successfully pass the 1 mandatory assessment. The result (pass/fail) will be released using the combined mark from both parts of the assessment (i.e. the Calculator Test and the Non-calculator Test).
Highfield Qualifications has designed its marking schedule to ensure that centres can be assured of reliable service with the focus on minimising the wait for results. Highfield will inform the centres of the results.
After successfully completing the assessment, a certificate will be issued.
If unsuccessful, learners may re-sit the assessment. Learners opting to re-sit must complete both parts of the assessment (the Calculator Test and the Non-calculator Test). Centres must select the re-sit option when scheduling a re-sit. Please note that there is a charge for each additional assessment taken. There is no limit to the number of attempts a learner may take, but centres should provide appropriate support to prepare learners for the assessment.

Total Qualification Time

The total qualification time for these qualifications is 50 hours for level 1 and 55 hours for level 2 and of these 45 hours are recommended as guided learning hours at each level.
TQT is an estimate of the total number of hours it would take an average learner to achieve and demonstrate the necessary level of attainment to be awarded with a qualification, both under direct supervision (forming guided learning hours) and without supervision (all other time). TQT and GLH values are advisory and assigned to a qualification as guidance.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for learners wishing to take these qualifications.
Centres are however advised to assess a learner’s ICT skills prior to registering them for on-screen assessment. Paper-based assessment should be used for learners with limited ICT skills.
Functional skills qualifications are recommended for learners over the age of 14. The
qualification is suitable for delivery in a wide range of learning environments and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as part of a wider programme of study. Learners undertaking an apprenticeship will need to successfully complete functional skills, or prove their exemption, in order to pass through gateway.

ID requirements

It is the responsibility of the centre to have systems in place to ensure that the person taking an assessment is indeed the person they are claiming to be. All centres are therefore required to ensure that each learner’s identification is checked before they undertake the assessment. Axiom Dynamics recommends the following as proof of a learner’s identity:

  • a valid passport (any nationality)
  • a signed UK photocard driving license
  • a valid warrant card issued by HM forces or the police
  • another photographic ID card, e.g. employee ID card, student ID card, travel card etc.

If a learner is unable to produce any of the forms of photographic identification listed above, we may accept another form of identification containing a signature, for example, a credit card. Identification by a third-party representative, such as a line manager, human resources manager or invigilator, will also be accepted.

Progression opportunities

After successfully completing the Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 2, learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:

  • GCSE Maths