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Functional Skills-Entry Level & Level 1 at Suffolk One

Course description

Functional Skills focus on practical skills. They will equip you with the necessary knowledge and understanding so that you can use English, mathematics and ICT in everyday life. With this you can get the most out of education and work. Functional Skills are a compulsory element for students (up to and inclusive of Level 2) at Suffolk One.

Course content


Read and understand information and instructions

Analyse how ideas and information are presented, and be able to evaluate their usefulness, for example solving a problem.

Make an oral presentation or report and contribute to discussions.

Use speech to work collaboratively in teams and to agree actions and/or conclusions.

For each component, reading, writing, and speaking and listening, realistic contexts have been designed so that you develop the skills you need.


In a practical context, this means you will develop the confidence and capability to:

Solve problems

Process calculations

Interpret and explaining situations

All within the following contexts: work and education, community, citizenship and environment, media and communication, and family, home and social issue.


In a practical context, this means that learners will be able to demonstrate their competence in three skills areas:

Using ICT systems including spreadsheet, database and word programmes

Finding and selecting information and using relevant programmes as above to achieve this.

Developing, presenting and communicating information, for example:

Presenting information as a poster or a series of presentation handouts.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.


Entry level: observations; witness testimonies; assessments;

Level 1: test papers; computer based tests where appropriate; witness testimonies.

Future opportunities

Further Education

Employment (supported or independent)

Further information

Which subjects complement this course?

Personal and Social Development

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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