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Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 (Reformed)


Functional skills qualifications have been reformed. As a result of this, Highfield Qualifications launched the reformed Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 on 1 September 2019.

In light of this, the Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics Level 1 (601/7675/1) has been withdrawn. The certification end date for the legacy qualification is 31 July 2021.

This qualification consists of 2 mandatory components. Learners must complete both the Non-Calculator and Calculator written examinations that are set, marked and moderated by Highfield. The assessments will test a learner’s representing, analysing and interpreting skills using numbers, geometry and statistics in realistic contexts.

Mathematics examinations are available on demand in either on screen or paper-based format.

Using Calculators and Dictionaries during Covid-19

In line with government guidance, we have adjusted our policies on the use of calculators and dictionaries during Functional Skills exams.

It is now possible for learners to bring their own calculator or dictionary with them for a Functional Skills exam, in order to minimise contact with a communal item. However, to ensure consistency and fairness, centres must ensure that both calculators and dictionaries comply with Highfield’s standard practice of acceptable equipment, i.e. Calculators must be basic with only four main functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Calculators with scientific or advanced functions are not permitted. Centres must also ensure there are no written notes within dictionaries or anything that could provide a learner with an unfair advantage.

Please note that it is still permissible for learners to use calculators or dictionaries provided by a centre, however, centres must ensure they follow government guidelines for hygiene and cleansing of these items of equipment.

Practice Examinations

Our practice examinations are available to support learners in their preparation for their examination of functional skills and are available in both paper-based and on-screen formats. On-screen practice examinations help learners to familiarise themselves with the various features of the system such as how to navigate through the exam, opening and resizing pop-up images and text, using the graph creator tool and using the method calculator, etc. Please however note that on-screen practice examinations are for familiarisation purposes only and responses cannot be saved. Therefore, if a tutor would like to mark the learner’s responses they must review the learner’s answers prior to the learner finishing the examination.

Please select the links below to access the practice examinations:

Practice Exam 1:

Level 1 Mathematics Calculator mark scheme
Level 1 Mathematics Non-Calculator mark scheme 

Level 1 Mathematics Calculator examination (paper-based)
Level 1 Mathematics Non-Calculator examination (paper-based)

To access the on-screen mock exam, please download the Surpass Viewer (Downloading the Surpass Viewer) then copy and paste the following URL into the address bar: https://highfieldqualifications.com/functionalskills/reformed/maths1/index.html. For further guidance on this, please see: Accessing your Functional Skills Exam via the Surpass Viewer

Practice Exam 2: - New Feb 2021

Level 1 Mathematics Calculator mark scheme
Level 1 Mathematics Non-Calculator mark scheme 

Level 1 Mathematics Calculator examination (paper-based)
Level 1 Mathematics Non-Calculator examination (paper-based)