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Functional Skills - ICT at Appleby Heritage Centre

Course description


'... core elements of English, Maths and ICT 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'. (DCSF)


Standalone Functional Skills

It is expected that Functional Skills will eventually replace the Key Skills qualifications in communication, application of number and ICT at Levels 1 and 2 and the Basic Skills (Skills for Life) qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. From 2010 Functional Skills will become a compulsory part of GCSEs. Sixth Form students who have not got A*-C in Maths or English are required to attend Functional Skills training.




OCR's Level 1 and 2 Functional ICT Assessment

OCR set and marked assessment

Comprising practical tasks using a computer and short answer questions

Duration 75 minutes (L1) and 90 minutes (L2)

Controlled, supervised conditions

Allowed to use software 'help' facilities


Functional skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT that help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. They have been introduced to address government and employers' concerns over raising standards in basic literacy and numeracy for learners of all ages and are a constituent of all 14-19 learning programmes. They are not just about acquiring the basic skills of reading, writing, arithmetic and using a computer, but are an essential stepping stone towards the higher goal of functionality - or being functional.

Example: A self-employed boiler engineer will be able to set up a database of customers with names, addresses and contact details so that a mailing list can be created to remind clients when their service is due.

Entry Level: OCR set tasks at each entry level. Centre assessed under controlled assessment conditions. Assessments lasting from 1-2 hours.

L1-L2: One question paper in two parts completed under exam conditions and set and marked by OCR. 2 hours at each level. 11 assessment opportunities this academic year moving on demand assessment 2011.


Level 1 and 2 Assessment Opportunities

November,January,March, May and June



Further information

Contact Jo Collins (Course Tutor)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Appleby Heritage Centre directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year