The Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics. Functional Skills Mathematics, Levels 1 & 2, aims to ensure that each individual is able to solve problems in real-life, functional contexts and develop skills in: representing situations using mathematics; analysing calculations and solving problems; interpreting the mathematics to explain situations. For each level, realistic contexts have been designed so that learners develop the functional skills they need. Candidates must pass the assessment at their chosen level in order to achieve the award for Functional Skills Mathematics.