Maths – Entry 3 Functional Skills

Course Description

This course aims to enable you to build on your previous mathematical knowledge and to increase your understanding, confidence and skill set in order to use mathematics in everyday situations. 

This course will cover three main areas of study: 

  • Using numbers and the number system up to 1000 (whole numbers, fractions & decimals). 
  • Using common measures, shape and space. 
  • Handling information and data (tables, tally charts, bar charts and line graphs). 

Most Entry 3 Maths courses will be delivered using blended learning, which includes a combination of both face-to-face and distance learning. Therefore, you must have easy access to a computer with the internet.  

This course includes a 3-week BAES IT Fundamentals course in order to maximise participation in learning using digital tools.

Entry Requirement

Your English skills need to be at Entry Level 2 or above. 

Your Maths skills and problem-solving abilities will be assessed before joining the course to ensure that it is the right level. You will be expected to carry out at least 2 to 3 hours of independent study in your own time, every week, to cover all the course content. 

Initial Assessment

To gain a place on the course, you must book an initial assessment by calling the BAES Info Line (0121 303 4318) or one of the BAES centres. Initial assessments are generally carried out remotely on Zoom although you can book a face-to-face assessment. Depending on the results of the assessment, you may be advised to join a different level or a course. 

Learning Strategies

It is important that you attend all sessions and make time to work at home every week in order to prepare, practise and consolidate your learning. BAES provides an online virtual learning environment (Moodle) and has a subscription to the website MyMaths, which you can access for practice and revision. 

Progress Monitoring

Your progress and attendance will be monitored throughout the course. After the first few sessions, you and your teacher will determine if you can cope with the level of work required and if you can demonstrate good attendance and punctuality, in order to continue with the course.


There will be one formal exam, which will be taken towards the end of the course. You can complete this in the classroom when you are ready. The exam will consist of 2 papers: a non-calculator and a calculator paper. 


This course could lead to a Maths Level 1 Functional Skills course or a Working Towards Level 1 course.

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