Functional Skills and GCSE in English & Maths
All learners who do not have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics will work towards functional skills or GCSE in these subjects. Functional skills are the fundamental applied skills in English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics to help people gain the most from life, learning and work.
These qualifications are available in English, ICT and Mathematics at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2 and GCSE. Each qualification is assessed independently and learners will follow each subject at a level appropriate to their starting point in that subject.
• Initial diagnostic testing in each of the functional skill subjects will indicate the appropriate level to begin at QAC.
Functional Maths E1, E2, E3, Levels 1 and 2
Functional skills qualifications in Mathematics focus on three interrelated process skills in representing, analysing and interpreting data. These skills are developed in small groups using a variety of practical resources, computer software and real life situations.
You will study to acquire skills to support your vocational programme and to enhance your independence. You will work on understanding personal finance issues and developing your problem solving skills.
Functional English E1, E2, E3, Levels 1 and 2
The functional skills qualifications in English assess three components: speaking and listening, reading and writing. You will study English as an integral part of your main course at a level that is appropriate to you. These skills are based around practical and vocational contexts. This programme will enhance your confidence, independence and employability.
Functional Information Communication Technology (ICT) E1, E2, E3, Levels 1 and 2
Functional skills qualifications in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) focus on three interrelated skill areas: using ICT systems, finding and selecting information and developing, presenting and communicating information.
You will study ICT as an integral part of your main course, in a practical and vocational context, at a level which is appropriate to you. These skills will enhance your independence and employability.
Students that have achieved a Grade D or who have achieved a Level 2 English at GCSE will be required to take GCSE English.
Students that have achieved a Grade D or who have achieved a Level 2 Maths at GCSE will be required to take GCSE Maths.
Functional skills qualifications are designed to help each individual develop at their own pace. Duration of course is dependent on each individual’s ability and progression.
On successfully completing each level in Maths, English and ICT you naturally progress to the next level.
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