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Functional Skills Online

Do you need to study a Level 1 or Level 2 English, maths or ICT Functional Skills qualification but you cannot commit to attend our weekly classes due to your work schedule, childcare issues or other personal reasons? We're delighted to reveal that we can now offer Functional Skills maths, English and ICT courses (Level 1 and 2 only) online via our online 'Equal Platform'.

Functional Skills online broadly follows our Distance Learning offer. There's no need to attend online or classroom based lessons, once you have access to the system you will be allocated a tutor and you will study online, in your own time, to fit around your schedule.

Please note you must still attend an online initial assessment and crucially you must sit an exam in one of our venues
to complete the course/s. Functional Skills Online will run alongside our regular Functional Skills courses and are free of charge, more details are available further down the page.

Functional Skills online courses will begin from August 2021. Please navigate this page for all of the information you need.

Entry Requirements
Initial Assessments
Course Information
Exams
Contact

Entry Requirements


Functional Skills courses are free of charge. Entry onto the course depends on the individuals situation. This will be established during initial contact. However, at the moment the entry requirements are as follows:

  • Are aged 19 years;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, each level you study will be charged at £135 and the assessment will be charged at £20 per subject.

Assessments for Functional Skills Online


You must sit an assessment in order to join a Functional Skills online maths, English and/or ICT course. Assessments take approximately 1 hour per subject. Initial assessments are held online every Friday, 1pm-4pm (excluding bank holidays and school holidays).

The level at which you join a Functional Skills course is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold. However, to qualify for a online Functional Skills course you must achieve a Level 1 or Level 2 result in your assessment. You may incur a short waiting period in between completing your assessment and starting lessons.

To book an initial assessment please call 01325 405601, call / text / WhatsApp 07932 869325, email l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Functional Skills Online English, Maths and ICT Course Information  – Levels 1 and 2


English

This course is suitable for those whose English is currently below GCSE level or at Level 1 and for those who want to further improve their skills for employment or personal reasons. T​he emphasis is on building up the basics in order to progress to a Level 2 or GCSE. Level 2 is regarded as a GCSE equivalent by many employers and for entry on to higher level courses. Improved communication, reading and writing skills will assist in seeking or improving your employability.

The design and delivery of the curriculum in this course will enable learners to up-skill and develop confidence in using English which will support them to enter employment, return to work or progress to further learning. The course will also help learners to develop the necessary tools to support their children at school.

You will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Understanding the purpose of texts
  • Writing for purpose using correct language, layout, style and conventions
  • Homophones for improved spelling
  • Persuasive, informative, descriptive and instructional texts
  • Sentence construction - get your message across clearly and logically
  • Root words, prefixes, suffixes for spelling and meaning of words
  • Verbs, tenses - improve your writing
  • Fact, opinion, bias - reading between the lines
  • Writing and reading skills - write reports, articles, leaflets, formal letters
  • Speaking and listening skills - create and present a presentation and take part in group discussions

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a Level 2 if you are studying Level 1 or to a GCSE (a Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 – 9, previously GCSE grades A* - C).


Maths

This course is suitable for those whose Maths is currently below GCSE level or at Level 1 and for those want to further improve their skills for employment or personal reasons. The emphasis is on building up the basics to progress to a Level 2 or GCSE. Improved numeracy skills will assist in maintaining your personal finances, shopping, household bills and in seeking or improving your employability.

The curriculum intent of Functional Skills maths is for you to gain knowledge, skills and confidence across the three main areas of maths – number, measures and data. This will lead to an increase in ability to solve mathematical problems. Each level of Functional Skills maths builds on the previous level up to the completion of a Level 2 qualification. Level 2 is regarded as a GCSE equivalent by many employers and for entry on to higher level courses. Many learners who study Functional Skills maths also find it becomes a valuable tool in helping their children with their education.

You will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Ratio, proportion and scale
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Money and exchange rates
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • The use of averages and probability
  • Measurement - length, distance, weight and capacity
  • The use of perimeter, area and volume of simple and complex shapes, including using formulae

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a Level 2 if you are studying Level 1 or to a GCSE (a Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 – 9, previously GCSE grades A* - C).


ICT

This course is suitable for learners of all levels and abilities up to Level 2 for employment or personal reasons. If you already have a certificate, achieved within the last five years, you will only be eligible for the level directly above your certificate level. If you have no certificates then you will be assessed to establish your current level and enrolled on the appropriate level of course.

The course is designed to allow you to develop the Functional ICT skills you need. As you increase your skill level, you are encouraged to become increasingly independent when deciding on the best use of ICT. The vocational structure allows you to practice these skills within a “real world” context and therefore increase your confidence within your current employment role or to prepare you to enter employment, return to work, or change career paths.

You will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Powerpoint
  • Excel
  • Word
  • Creating presentations
  • Adding slides
  • Creating an email account
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Attachments
  • Spreadsheets
  • Functions and formulae
  • Charts

After this course, once you have completed Level 2, you can apply to progress to a Level 3 or a full GCSE ICT course at a college.

Functional Skills Online Exams


A requirement of Functional Skills online courses are to sit mandatory exams to achieve your qualification. Your exams will take place at L&S at The Coleridge Centre or L&S at Bennet House in Darlington, adhering to strict social-distancing measures. Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home, online in your own time.

Exams for Functional Skills in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. There are no nationally set dates and times for exams, you will only sit an exam after a period of study when your tutor and yourself mutually agree you are exam ready. Learning & Skills will book a variety of exam sessions and you will be invited to attend at least one of them.

Exams are currently held online in our centres and are no longer paper based. You will be allocated time for exam practice.

English exams take one hour per area (Speaking, Reading and Writing). Usually you will sit your reading and writing papers together in a two hour exam and sit your speaking exam within your online English lesson.

Maths exams last two hours per exam. ICT exams also last for two hours.