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Summary of changes

A comparison of our new Functional Skills Maths specification (8361/8362) to our previous Functional Skills Maths qualifications (4367/4368).

These changes were made as a result of Ofqual’s requirement for reform. All awarding bodies have had to make the same changes to their qualifications.

Changes to Level 1 Functional Skills Maths (8361)

What’s new

What’s gone

What’s the same

What’s changed

Follow the order of precedence of operators

Use decimals up to 3 decimal places (previously 2)

Estimate answers to calculations using fractions and decimals

Calculate the area and perimeter of shapes that are made up of a combination of rectangles (previously Level 2)

Calculate the volume of cubes and cuboids (previously Level 2)

Know the relative size of angles

Group discrete data and represent grouped data graphically

Rotas

Time plans

Shortest route problems

Much of the content is the same as in the legacy specification

The new topics can be supported by resources used in the relevant sections of GCSE Mathematics (8300)

The level of demand of calculations, ie numbers chosen and operations expected needs to be consistently at Level 1. Therefore, calculations that could be considered Entry Level will rarely be seen at Level 1.

Changes to Level 2 Functional Skills Maths (8362)

What’s new

What’s gone

What’s the same

What’s changed

Formulae of more than two steps

Finding the original value given the new value after a percentage change

Inverse proportion (tested numerically only)

Follow the order of precedence of operators, including indices

Density

Use of a coordinate system

Rotas

Time plans

Shortest route problems

Use of technology to collect, represent and interpret data

Much of the content is the same as in the legacy specification.

The new topics can be supported by resources used in the relevant sections of GCSE Mathematics (8300)

The level of demand of calculations, ie numbers chosen and operations expected needs to be consistently at Level 2. Therefore, calculations that could be considered Entry Level and Level 1 will rarely be seen at Level 2.

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