Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 3 Guide

Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 3 will help you learn maths skills for the workplace and at home.

Entry Level 3 maths is a government backed course. Accredited by awarding bodies including; AQA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR and Pearson.

The Entry Level 3 Maths course covers three main topics: 1) number and the number system, 2) common measures, shape and space and, 3) information and data.

Entry Level 3 Maths – Solving Maths Problems And Decision Making

The learning aims of Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 3 include solving maths problems and decision making. This is to ensure that you’re able to apply your maths skills to real-life situations. During your entry level 3 maths course you’ll learn the following;

  • Use given mathematical information including numbers, symbols, simple diagrams and charts;
  • Recognise, understand and use simple mathematical terms appropriate to Entry Level 3
  • Use the methods given above to produce, check and present results that make sense to an appropriate level
    of accuracy
  • Present results with appropriate and reasoned explanation using numbers, measures, simple diagrams, charts
    and symbols appropriate to Entry Level 3


Entry Level 3 Maths – Using Numbers & The Number System

You’ll learn about whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages at entry level 3 maths. To successfully complete entry level 3 maths, you’ll need to be able to:

  • Count, read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1000
  • Add and subtract using three-digit whole numbers
  • Divide three-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers and express remainders
  • Multiply two-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers
  • Approximate by rounding numbers less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100 and use this rounded
    answer to check results
  • Recognise and continue linear sequences of numbers up to 100
  • Read, write and understand thirds, quarters, fifths and tenths including equivalent forms
  • Read, write and use decimals up to two decimal places
  • Recognise and continue sequences that involve decimals

Entry Level 3 Maths – Using Common Measures, Shape And Space

You’ll learn the following maths skills when working with measures, shape and space.


  • How to calculate with money using decimal notation and express money correctly in writing in pounds and pence
  • Round amounts of money to the nearest £1 or 10p
  • Read, measure and record time using am and pm
  • Read time from analogue and 24-hour digital clocks in hours and minutes
  • Use and compare measures of length, capacity, weight and temperature using metric or imperial
    units to the nearest labelled or unlabelled division
  • Compare metric measures of length including millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres
  • Compare measures of weight including grams and kilograms
  • Compare measures of capacity including millilitres and litres
  • Use a suitable instrument to measure mass and length
  • Sort 2-D and 3-D shapes using properties including lines of symmetry, length, right angles, angles
    including in rectangles and triangles
  • Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including eight compass
    points and including full/half/quarter turns

Entry Level 3 Maths – Handling Information And Data

You’ll learn about handling information and data at maths entry level 3. At entry level 3, you’ll learn how to:


  • Extract information from lists, tables, diagrams and charts and create frequency tables
  • Interpret information, to make comparisons and record changes, from different formats
    including bar charts and simple line graphs
  • Organise and represent information in appropriate ways including tables, diagrams, simple line
    graphs and bar charts