Functional Skills – Maths, English and ICT


Functional Skills

As part of Government requirements, you must study Maths and English up to GCSE grade C or Level 5, our tutors offer a fresh innovative approach to delivering Maths and English. The tutors deliver sessions to meet the needs of your learning styles in fun and interactive ways to ensure that you enjoy the course and ultimately gain your qualifications.

Functional Skills English: What is it?

Functional Skills English is delivered at three levels:

• Entry Level 3

• Level 1

• Level 2

Delivered in addition to the learners’ main aims, in separate sessions, by the Functional Skills tutors.

The purpose is to enable learners to develop the fundamental skills in English which will help them gain the most from life, learning and work.

How is the qualification achieved?

In order to achieve the qualification Learners are assessed across three areas: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Learners work towards these assessments by covering all of the units in each area. Functional Skills English is taught in units which differ slightly depending on the level of qualification that the learner is undertaking.

The main units delivered in Functional Skills English are:

Reading:

• Understanding audience and purpose

• Understanding biased and opinion

• Understanding layout and format

• Extracting information

Writing:

• Word types: nouns, verbs, adjectives

• Spelling: root words, prefixes, suffixes and homophones

• Punctuation and sentence structure

• Formal and informal writing

• Letters and emails

• Articles

• Instructive and informative writing

• Persuasive and descriptive writing

Speaking and Listening:

• Is embedded throughout the course in order to develop and encourage effective communication skills.

How is Functional Skills English delivered?

• Functional Skills English is delivered once a week in a session lasting two hours.

• These sessions are designed to be functional: they aim to provide learners with a robust set of skills which are transferable to all areas of their working and personal lives.

In order to make the sessions as relevant and interactive as possible, tutors use a variety of resources such as:

• SMART boards

• Functional Skills learning apps such as: BBC Skillswise, BKSB

• iPads

• A range of tasks and activities tailored to leaners’ preferred styles of learning: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic

• Work related tasks and scenarios

• Video clips and YouTube

The tutors also embed Equality and Diversity into all of their sessions, discussing and addressing a plethora of issues and current affairs.

How will Functional Skills English help learners in their desired jobs?

• The main aim of Functional Skills English is to allow learners to acquire and develop a strong set of skills which will allow them to work effectively and succeed in the work place.

• Learners will be taught how to work and communicate effectively and, most importantly, with confidence.

• Whether they are: completing a form or a job application; writing a letter or an email; completing a risk assessment; attending an interview- Functional Skills English provides them with the tools they need to complete these everyday tasks effectively and accurately.

• The Speaking and Listening aspect of the qualification is invaluable as it encourages and develops effective communication in both formal and informal settings.

• Learners are given the opportunity to learn how to communicate appropriately with their peers and potential employers, whilst building their confidence and ability to work cohesively within a group.

• These communication skills are essential to learners hoping to gain and maintain a career in any vocation or area.

Functional Skills Mathematics: What is it?

Functional Skills Mathematics is delivered at three levels:
• Entry Level 3
• Level 1
• Level 2.

Delivered in addition to the learners’ main aims, in separate sessions, by the Functional Skills tutors.

The purpose is to enable learners to develop the fundamental skills in Mathematics which will help them gain the most from life, learning and work.

How is the qualification achieved?

In order to achieve the qualification:
• Learners are assessed upon completion of an online or paper based exam.
• Learners work towards these assessments by covering all of the units in each area.
• FS Mathematics is taught in units which differ slightly depending on the level of qualification that the learner is undertaking.

The main units addressed in FS Mathematics are:
Number:
• Money: Place Value and Negative Numbers
• The Four Number Operations
• Rounding and Estimating

Common Measures:
• Time, Distance and Scale
• Converting Metric Units
• Ratio and Proportion

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages:
• Fractions
• Decimals and Percentages

Shape and Space:
• 2D Shapes: Area and Perimeter
• 3D Shapes: Volume

Handling Data:
• Charts and Probability
• Averages: Mean, Median, Mode and Range

How is Functional Skills Mathematics delivered?

• FS Mathematics is delivered once a week in a session lasting two hours.
• These sessions are designed to be functional: they aim to provide learners with a robust set of skills which are transferable to all areas of their working and personal lives.
In order to make the sessions as relevant and interesting as possible, tutors use a variety of resources such as:
• SMART boards
• Functional Skills learning apps such as: BBC Skillswise, BKSB
• iPads
• A range of tasks and activities tailored to leaners’ preferred styles of learning: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic
• Work related tasks and scenarios
• Video clips and YouTube

The tutors also embed Equality and Diversity into all of their sessions, discussing and addressing a plethora of issues and current events.

How will Functional Skills Mathematics help learners in their desired jobs?

• Functional Skills Mathematics enable learners to apply numeracy and practical mathematical skills in both their personal and professional lives.
• Functional Skills equips learners with the fundamental applied skills needed to succeed in all aspects of life, work and other learning.
• Being able to use numbers confidently, particularly the ability to apply these skills to a variety of situations, is crucial no matter what vocation or area learners plan to progress after achieving Functional Skills Mathematics.

Our ICT Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip learners with the confidence and ability to use ICT systems and tools, and find, select, develop, present, and communicate information.
The units include:
• Health and safety
• File Management
• IT Security
• Email
• The Internet
• Word Processing
• Spreadsheets
• Databases
• Learners will use the full Microsoft Office suite

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