NOCN Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 1, 2, 3 Past Papers

The NOCN Maths Entry Level assessments contain a non-calculator section (Part A) which is 25% of the overall marks for the assessment and a calculator section (Part B) which is 75% of the overall marks for the assessment. Assessments may be taken on different days to support the needs of learners.

The allocation of time and marks for each level is as follows:

  • Entry Level 1:
    • Section A – 20 minutes, 5 marks
    • Section B – 60 minutes, 15 marks
    • Total – 80 minutes, 20 marks
    • Pass mark – 15
  • Entry Level 2:
    • Section A – 30 minutes, 7 marks
    • Section B – 60 minutes, 21 marks
    • Total – 90 minutes, 28 marks
    • Pass mark – 21
  • Entry Level 3:
    • Section A – 30 minutes, 9 marks
    • Section B – 60 minutes, 27 marks
    • Total – 90 minutes, 36 marks
    • Pass mark – 27


The specification is almost identical to all other Functional Skills Maths Entry Level exam boards, with a focus on three main disciplines:

  • Using numbers and the number system 
  • Measures, shape and space
  • Handling information and data

Including all your workings out is very important, to gain as many marks as possible.

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NOCN Functional Skills Maths Entry Level 1, 2, 3: Key Details

Qualification Title NOCN Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Entry Level 1/2/3
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/5273/5 (Level 1), 603/5271/1 (Level 2), 603/5265/6 (Level 3)
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 55 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 55 hours
Assessment type Assessment type Externally set, on-demand assessment.
Grading Grading The qualification is graded Pass/Fail.
Entry requirements Entry requirements No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required.