Specification at a glance

Level 1: Functional Mathematics (Code 4367)
Assessment Scheme
The Scheme of Assessment for Level 1 comprises a single paper taken in one sitting

Level 1
Written Paper (Calculator allowed)
1 hour 30 minutes duration
60 marks

Assesses the skills standards and content for Functional Mathematics at Level 1.
All questions are compulsory. A question paper/answer book will be provided.
Assessment Structure: Level 1 The assessment consists of one paper.
This paper assesses the skills standards with questions placed in contexts which may be unfamiliar and may be drawn from everyday life, the workplace or educational settings. It consists of 3 to 5 questions each based on one context worth, together, a total of 60 marks where some of the contexts are presented in advance on prereleased data sheets. Each question is subdivided into parts with marks allocated to each. The question paper is of 1 hour 30 minutes duration. The use of a calculator is expected.
Pre-released data sheets
 Pre-released data sheets will be sent to centres about 4 working weeks before the timetabled examination. Candidates will be able to work with their teachers in familiarising themselves with the contexts, clarifying any specialised vocabulary and considering the possible mathematics in the situation presented. Teachers will need to provide reasonable class time for this to happen. This should be at least one lesson but there is no upper limit on the time candidates can spend considering the data sheets.

The pre-released data sheets cannot be taken into the examination room. A clean copy of the data along with any further data required for the other questions will be issued to all candidates at the start of the examination. This sheet will not be collected in and marked so candidates should ensure that all working is presented in the question paper/answer book.
Written Papers
The whole assessment at Level 1 is by a single written paper to be set and marked by AQA.
Calculators
Candidates will be expected to have a scientific calculator. The calculator should have the following as a minimum requirement:
  • Four rules and a square, square root, reciprocal and power function, brackets, a memory facility and appropriate exponential, trigonometric and statistical functions.
Further guidance on regulations relating to calculators can be obtained from Instructions on the Conduct of Examinations.
Entry Policy
A Level 1 qualification cannot be awarded on the Level 2 assessment. Candidates aiming to achieve a Level 1 should enter the Level 1 assessment.
Level 2: Functional Mathematics (Code 4368)
Assessment Scheme
The Scheme of Assessment for Level 2 comprises a single paper taken in one sitting

Level 2
Written Paper (Calculator allowed)
1 hour 30 minutes duration
60 marks

Assesses the skills standards and content for Functional Mathematics at Level 2.
All questions are compulsory. A question paper/answer book will be provided.
Assessment Structure: Level 2
The assessment consists of one paper. This paper assesses the skills standards with questions placed in contexts which may be unfamiliar and may be drawn from everyday life, the workplace or educational settings. It consists of 3 to 5 questions each based on one context worth, together, a total of 60 marks where some of the contexts are presented in advance on pre-release data sheets. Each question is subdivided into parts with marks allocated to each. The question paper is of 1 hour 30 minutes duration. The use of a calculator is expected.
Pre-release data sheets
Pre-release data sheets will be sent to centres about 4 working weeks before the timetabled examination. Candidates will be able to work with their teachers in familiarising themselves with the contexts, clarifying any specialised vocabulary and considering the possible mathematics in the situation presented. Teachers will need to provide reasonable class time for this to happen. This should be at least one lesson but there is no upper limit on the time candidates can spend considering the data sheets. The pre-released data sheets cannot be taken into the examination room. A clean copy of the data along with any further data required for the other questions will be issued to all candidates at the start of the examination. This sheet will not be collected in and marked so candidates should ensure that all working is presented in the question paper/answer book.
Written Papers
The whole assessment at Level 2 is by a single written paper to be set and marked by AQA.
Calculators
Candidates will be expected to have a scientific calculator. The calculator should have the following as a minimum requirement:
  • Four rules and a square, square root, reciprocal and power function, brackets, a memory facility and appropriate exponential, trigonometric and statistical functions.
Further guidance on regulations relating to calculators can be obtained from Instructions on the Conduct of Examinations.

Summary of Assessment 

The assessment:

  • provides realistic contexts, scenarios and problems
  • specifies tasks that are relevant to the context
  • requires the application of knowledge, skills and understanding for a purpose
  • requires problem solving
  • assesses process skills and the outcome of their application in different contexts
  • includes no more than 20% fixed response assessment
  • is written in English at one level below that being assessed, except for specialist vocabulary at the level being assessed
  • covers the three skill areas of the Skill Standards at each assessment, but samples from the Coverage and Range of the Functional Skills Criteria.