Functional Skills in GCSE

Functional elements in GCSE Maths focus on the following processes:

  • Representing – selecting the mathematics and information to model a situation
  • Analysing – processing and using mathematics
  • Interpreting – interpreting and communicating the results of the analysis

The criteria can be downloaded from


Functional Skills in the Longman books

Questions with a functional focus are tagged with a Functional icon.

Functional questions have a red “functional” icon

 In addition, there are frequent double page spreads devoted to fully practising Functional Maths. The example below describes a dental surgery where patients who miss their appointments  are heavily fined according to the length of the appointment they missed!

Functional Maths spread from the GCSE Student Book

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