Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip people with the English and maths skills needed to operate confidently and independently in work, learning and everyday life. The aim of this course is to allow you to develop the English and/or maths skills used to solve day to day practical problems and challenges, whilst gaining a qualification at the same time.
Who is it for?
The course is designed to support adults of all abilities who wish to improve their reading, writing or maths. This includes those who wish to ‘brush up’ on their skills to gain a recognised qualification to open doors to progression in learning and work, to those who want to increase their skills in a non-threatening environment in order to operate more confidently in everyday life and work situations.
No previous knowledge is needed to enrol on this course. Candidates will be asked to take an informal assessment to determine the level they are working at, followed by a diagnostic assessment to identify their strengths and areas for development. We tailor a learning programme for each candidate which means that they only work on areas where they feel less confident.
This is an accredited programme with Pearson Edexcel. On successful completion of the course you will receive a recognised qualification at one of 5 levels: Entry levels 1, 2 and 3 and levels 1 and 2.
The course is delivered in weekly 2 hour sessions. You may start at any time and work at your own pace depending on your level of ability. We suggest that the course will take approximately 15 weeks to complete.
What will I learn?
- Solve problems using a variety of mathematical methods
- Perform calculations involving percentages, fractions and ratios
- Describe solutions to a range of mathematical situations
- Interpret and construct graphical displays
- Discuss and describe data sets using averages
- Reading and understanding written information in detail
- Delivering presentations and contributing effectively to discussions
- Communicating effectively at work and in everyday situations
English – There is a formal assessment for English Level 1 and Level 2. You will undertake a test in reading which lasts 45 minutes and a test in writing that lasts 45 minutes, dictionaries are allowed. At level 1 you will take part in a formal and informal discussion assessed by your tutor. At level 2 you will take part in a discussion and a presentation assessed by your tutor.
Maths – There is a formal assessment for maths Level 1 and Level 2. You will undertake a test which lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is made up of 3 sections. Calculators are allowed.
English and Maths Entry Level 1, 2 and 3. There is a live assignment which lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes depending on the subject on which you are being assessed.