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Easiest way to get Level 2 functional skills maths?

I’ve graduated from university and I am spending a year working as a teaching assistant until I can hopefully start a teaching degree, the only thing I know will fail my application is not having a C in maths, I got a D many years ago. Does anybody know the easiest and cheapest way to gain this qualification? All I’ve seen is a £400 course at a local college where it will be a 1 night class each week and take ages until the exam.
Original post by Dixxy123
I’ve graduated from university and I am spending a year working as a teaching assistant until I can hopefully start a teaching degree, the only thing I know will fail my application is not having a C in maths, I got a D many years ago. Does anybody know the easiest and cheapest way to gain this qualification? All I’ve seen is a £400 course at a local college where it will be a 1 night class each week and take ages until the exam.


Anyone without a C in GCSE maths can attend a government funded class for free but you have almost certainly left it too late to start one this academic year. You may also find your local adult learning service offering functional skills maths classes with more flexible start and exam dates. If for example you were living in Buckinghamshire, Bucks Adult Learning would accept you and you'd be entered for exams as soon as you were ready. This would be free as you don't have GCSE grade C. You may find learn direct operate in your area and they could also offer largely self paced options with a chance for functional skills exams as soon as you are ready.
I know one of the learndirect centre (Intech Centre) in Islington, North London that provides the course for free. If you are unable to do the course, they also offer the option of taking just the exam with City and Guilds for £90. I did my Maths course with them, I was able to complete the course in 2 weeks and received my certificate the following week. I would recommend them as they were very helpful, they also offer flexible learning hours/days for those in full time employment or busy schedules.
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I needed mine to get onto my masters course. i self taught myself. the quickest way is to either sit it at a test centre with city and guilds 'on demand' which means you can sit it at any day or time. or sit it with edexcel they have entries for Jan Feb March June July Oct and Nov. you have to register at an exam centre approx 6 weeks before the date to sit the exam. I paid £100 to sit the paper based edexcel functional skills because i found there writing style clearer and more straight forward. If you are able to self teach then that is the best option imo.
did you find any centre provided the above exam or course?
Did you find anywhere online to do it
Did you find anywhere to do it I’m in London and need to do it
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Do you have an email for these at all. I need both my maths and English functional Skills ASAP that’s all
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Sorry silly question but how do I find a test centre? And do I have to contact city & Guilds first
Original post by ELouise24
I needed mine to get onto my masters course. i self taught myself. the quickest way is to either sit it at a test centre with city and guilds 'on demand' which means you can sit it at any day or time. or sit it with edexcel they have entries for Jan Feb March June July Oct and Nov. you have to register at an exam centre approx 6 weeks before the date to sit the exam. I paid £100 to sit the paper based edexcel functional skills because i found there writing style clearer and more straight forward. If you are able to self teach then that is the best option imo.
I want to teach myself for the functional skills maths level 2 but I don't know what is covered any tips would be appreciated.

Tia.
Did u manage to complete it?? I really need to do mine ASAP but I can’t find how to book it through City and guilds.... can anyone help?
You found anything yet bro
I am about to do my English and maths .. functional skill really scared looking for something easy to pass did u say learn direct is good ?? Do you think it easier to pass ???
If you are looking at learn direct I would recommend you look at their trust pilot first and show just the bad reviews. When you see how often a bad review is left it makes you wonder how they are getting so many good reviews? learndirect are not the old learn direct they used to be and I would think wisely before signing up to them.
Thank you will defo do
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Im going to take a Level 2 Functional Maths online exam with Thinkonline for about £250 which includes a mock exam.

I cant sit a classroom based exam as theres no test centres in my area but in major cities, it looks like you can sit a class based exam for £100 or so if restrictions allow.

I am doing it self taught using tuition books, mini tests and flashcards I bought online for about £50 rather than their online tuition.

Theres lots of actual past exam papers available online with marking papers from various exam bodies (not so many available for my specific one).

Self taught has been a patchy slog for me with my mock exam delayed by several months because I wasn't ready. For those who only need a brush up this method is fine but I am really rusty and my revision plan was affected by an illness.
Is it £250 for the exam only? Or do you get a course with that? I paid £60 for my exam.
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Original post by freddoknowsbest
Is it £250 for the exam only? Or do you get a course with that? I paid £60 for my exam.

Online exam and mock exam only (no tuition).

There were significantly cheaper class room based exams but none in my area.

I know I can more than halve my exam cost itself in theory but the travel costs are too high for me as Im in Scotland and Id likely also have to use my annual leave, perhaps even stay in a hotel.

Last year (when I started self study) the exam centres were all closed and I did not identify any online exams taking place.
Original post by Leejane
Do you have an email for these at all. I need both my maths and English functional Skills ASAP that’s all

Hi there,
Did you manage to do it? I need an info where can I do the level 2 maths and English as quick as possible.
Thank for any advice

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