Functional skills in English are those core elements of Literacy skills that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively, and independently in life and at work. Individuals of whatever age who possess these skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and employment as well as develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.
You will be confident and capable when using the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will be able to communicate effectively, adapting to a range of audiences and contexts. This will include being able to explain information clearly and succinctly in speech and writing, expressing a point of view reasonably and persuasively and using ICT to communicate effectively. You will be able to read and understand instructions, analyse how ideas and information are presented, make oral presentations, contribute to discussions, and use speech collaboratively in teams.
You may not be required to do Functional Skills in English if you achieved GCSE English Language at grade C or above. To gain relaxation, you will need to produce your original GCSE certificate. Your certificate needs to be dated within 5 years of when you achieved it. If you are not eligible for relaxation, we will take you through this element at a comfortable pace and will offer support and guidance in both group and individual formats. We deliver knowledge in a pure and realistic manner, and work within groups to support everyone through Functional Skills. You will be assessed by External Exams. Passing the exams will mean that your Functional Skill in English are complete. If you do not pass on the first attempt, we will support and help with your revision before you re-sit. You will have the decision of whether you sit the exam paper based, or online.
As a general rule, these are the levels you will take English at, according to your framework:
If you are doing the Assessors Award, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, or a privately funded course, you will not be required to do Functional Skills, as these awards are stand-alone qualifications.