There are fundamental skills we all need to be successful at work and in life. These include English/literacy and maths/numeracy. Almost every job requires the ability to communicate and use numbers confidently, along with the capacity to problem solve. On this page you will find some of our most popular courses including Functional Skills and Level 2 Qualification.


Functional Skills Courses

Do you need Functional Skills for college / further education or to improve your chances of getting a job? Gain the essential skills you need with our English and Maths & ICT courses.

Functional skills are the fundamental, applied skills in English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which help people to gain the most from life, learning and work.

For example, if you are planning a holiday you might use:-

ICT Skills to source information about a country, or a resort.
Mathematics skills to compare climates and costs
Reading skills to search for information from an on-screen search or a brochure
Speaking skills to talk to an agent to suggest alternative venues
Writing skills to complete a booking form online

In which case you will have used all the functional skills to solve the problem of how to choose and book a holiday to your requirements.

Our Functional Skills courses are designed to help you improve your skills and boost your confidence in these areas. They are also great if you are looking for more flexibility than a conventional college; as exam based courses have more frequent dates available for sitting your exams, meaning you can complete the course much quicker.

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Functional Skills English

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Functional Skills Maths

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Functional Skills ICT Level 2 Online

Functional Skills ICT

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Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 Online

Functional Skills English & Maths

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Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT Level 2 Online

Functional Skills English, Maths & ICT

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Functional Skills Maths

Mathematics is often used to solve problems or complete tasks in real life. For example, you can use arithmetic to work out how long it will take to save enough money to buy something. A cook uses scales to measure the weights of ingredients for a recipe. A carpet fitter uses geometry and metric measurements to work out the carpet needed to cover a floor. A football fan can look at statistics about his favourite club or player to find out how well they are doing. Mathematics used in this way is called 'functional mathematics'.

Maths Examinations

For Functional Skills Maths Level 2, the questions are usually set in real-life contexts. You will need to choose the information and methods to use - there is often more than one correct way to do something. You are allowed to use a calculator for part of the exam to work your answers out. Some questions will ask you to show how to check your results. You can check by using estimations, reverse methods or working things out in a different way. You will also need to explain your answers - there is often more than one correct answer and you may have to explain why you chose the answer you gave.

Functional Skills English

English is used to communicate effectively in everyday life, whether you are applying for jobs or sending an email to a friend or making a phone call. Functional Skills English will prepare you with the life skills needed to help you gain the most out of any given situation.

English Examinations

As with Maths, questions are usually set in real-life contexts, with three exams in total. You will read a passage and answer questions on that particular text; you will also demonstrate your ability to write for different audiences and purposes in situations that you would expect to find at home, in education and work environments. The speaking, listening and communicating part of your exam will allow you to engage in subjects that will draw on your own specific learning.

Functional Skills ICT

ICT is a part of everyday life, even down to using your home microwave or playing your favourite computer game. Functional Skills ICT will help provide you with the confidence needed to use different systems and tools and present or communicate information effectively.

ICT Examinations

The ICT examination will be assessed by a single exam, where you will be assessed on your communication and technology skills. You will be able to make rough notes if necessary.


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