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Level 2

The information on this page explains what you will need to understand to be at Level 2 in Functional Skills for Mathematics.

  1. Read, write, order and compare positive and negative numbers of any size
  2. Carry out calculations with numbers up to one million including strategies to check answers including estimation and approximation
  3. Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
  4. Identify and know the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
  5. Work out percentages of amounts and express one amount as a percentage of another
  6. Calculate percentage change (any size increase and decrease), and original value after percentage change
  7. Order, add, subtract and compare amounts or quantities using proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers
  8. Express one number as a fraction of another
  9. Order, approximate and compare decimals
  10. Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to three decimal places
  11. Understand and calculate using ratios, direct proportion and inverse proportion
  12. Follow the order of precedence of operators, including indices
  13. Calculate amounts of money, compound interest, percentage increases, decreases and discounts including tax and simple budgeting
  14. Convert between metric and imperial units of length, weight and capacity using a) a conversion factor and b) a conversion graph
  15. Calculate using compound measures including speed, density and rates of pay
  16. Calculate perimeters and areas of 2-D shapes including triangles and circles and composite shapes including non-rectangular shapes (formulae given except for triangles and circles)
  17. Use formulae to find volumes and surface areas of 3-D shapes including cylinders (formulae to be given for 3-D shapes other than cylinders)
  18. Calculate actual dimensions from scale drawings and create a scale diagram given actual measurements
  19. Use coordinates in 2-D, positive and negative, to specify the positions of points
  20. Understand and use common 2-D representations of 3-D objects
  21. Draw 3-D shapes to include plans and elevations
  22. Calculate values of angles and/or coordinates with 2-D and 3-D shapes
  23. Calculate the median and mode of a set of quantities
  24. Estimate the mean of a grouped frequency distribution from discrete data
  25. Use the mean, median, mode and range to compare two sets of data
  26. Work out the probability of combined events including the use of diagrams and tables, including two-way tables
  27. Express probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages
  28. Draw and interpret scatter diagrams and recognise positive and negative correlation

In addition, at Level 2, you should also be able to:

  • Read, understand, and use mathematical information and mathematical terms
  • Address individual problems as described above
  • Use knowledge and understanding to a required level of accuracy
  • Identify suitable operations and calculations to generate results
  • Analyse and interpret answers in the context of the original problem
  • Check the sense and reasonableness of answers
  • Present and explain results clearly and accurately demonstrating reasoning to support the process and show consistency with the evidence presented