Maths & English

What is Functional Skills?

Functional Skills is Fundamental applied skills in maths, English and ICT – with a particular focus on problem-solving and being able to apply these skills effectively in real situations.

The development of Functional Skills is seen by the Government as essential to address employers' concerns that young people and adults are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics.

These qualifications are intended for anyone wishing to develop their English, Mathematics or ICT skills. 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 essential skills needed for ENGLISH, MATHS and ICT, vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work.

Do I need to do Functional Skills?

Functional Skills feature in most educational and training choices. They are an essential, compulsory element in two main qualification routes for young people from 14 to 24; in apprenticeships and the Foundation Learning Tier, as well as being stand-alone qualifications in their own right at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

How do I know what Level I am on?

When you make an appointment at our centre you will take an initial assessment. An initial assessment is not an exam but an assessment of your maths and English skills.

What if I already have a Functional Skills Certificate?

If you already have a certificate you will need to take an initial assessment please bring your Functional Skills certificate along for additional information to support your application.

If you would like to enroll on our Functional Skills course please fill out our enquiry form page or Contact us directly.

Elmhouse Training are currently registered with OCR and NCFE and Pearsons for Functional Skills.

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