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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are qualifications available in England. They are designed to help you build the practical skills to get the most out of work, education and everyday life.

Functional Skills: what they are

Functional Skills are practical skills in English, maths and information and communications technology (ICT).

They are a set of qualifications available to all learners aged 14 and above.

Functional Skills are not just about knowledge in English, maths and ICT. They are also about knowing when and how to use the knowledge in real life situations.

Where and how you can take them

Functional Skills will involve taking separate tests which will give you a qualification if you pass them. They will also count towards other qualifications, including Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

They are widely available in England in schools, colleges, training providers and the workplace.

Taking Functional Skills as part of other qualifications

Functional Skills are part of the secondary curriculum. This means that all young people learn them.

Functional Skills are an integral part of:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Diplomas
  • GCSEs
  • The Foundation Learning Tier

Taking Functional Skills on their own

You can also take Functional Skills qualifications as stand-alone qualifications.

Choosing the right level of qualification

Functional Skills qualifications are available at Entry Level (1, 2 and 3) and Level 1 and Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework and the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

The frameworks show how different types of qualifications compare, in terms of the demands they place on learners.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed mainly by completing a set of practical tasks within a given time limit. The assessments can be paper based or may be online.

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