Guided Learning Hours: 45
Functional Skills is a practical, nationally recognised qualifications in English. Functional Skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.
They are learning tools that enable learners to:
• apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
• engage competently and confidently with others
• solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
• develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.
Functional Skills are important because they provide people with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.
Course content, Key areas:
• Speaking and listening – making an oral presentation or report.
• Reading – reading and understanding information and instructions.
• Writing – writing accurately so that meaning is clear.
English: Functional Skills, Level 1 City & Guilds
English: Functional Skills, Level 2 City & Guilds
Functional Skills at Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 (old grade C).
Learners use this qualification for entry to FE/HE courses.
Our courses are categorised as: fee-paying, subsidised and funded. Please contact for details.
Teaching and Assessment
A variety of methods and materials are used, with an emphasis on practical experience in class-based activities – all supported by materials prepared by the Centre. Individualised support and tutoring is a specific and key feature of our teaching delivery. Every learner is supported to ensure they achieve the maximum from studies and experiences with us.
This programme is a continually assessed as it progresses and each unit is individually assessed. End of unit assessments are taken when the learner has reached the required standard. The Speaking and Listening unit is marked by the tutor, internally assessed by staff and externally moderated by City & Guilds. The Reading and Writing units are set and marked by City & Guilds.
Entry requirements require evidence of competence at the level below that to be studied and this is assessed through diagnostic testing prior to start of course. This is to ensure we place the right applicant at the correct level for them to progress and achieve.
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