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Functional Skills

Course Details

Examining Board City and Guilds
Duration 1 to 2 years (per level)
Specification Code 3748
Levels Topics: Maths/English/ICT
Levels: English, ICT - Entry 1 - Level 2

Fundamental applied skills in Maths, English and ICT, with a particular focus on problem-solving and being to apply these skills effectively in real situations.

Purpose and Aims of Study

Functional Skills qualifications are available across five levels (Entry 1 to Level 2), and are completed in a wide range of college, community and work-based settings.

Functional Skills are the fundamental applied skills in English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that help people to gain the most from life, learning and work. These provide students with the necessary skills needed by adults in these areas to enable them to function successfully in the wider world.

Assessment Details

The Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support students as they seek to improve their Numeracy, literacy and ICT . Achieving these qualifications should increase confidence and motivation. The skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Where appropriate, students may progress through the levels (Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2) in each functional skill area.

All Entry level assessments are externally set by City & Guilds, with internal (centre) marking and internal/external verification.

All Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications are externally set and externally marked by City & Guilds, with the exception of the Speaking, Listening and Communication component within Functional Skills English. For Functional Skills English the qualification is made up of three assessment components:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

Independent Learning

Free Functional Skills resources
OUP - Free Functional Skills English resources
NCFE - Functional Skills free support material