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Functional Skills - English 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)


Stand alone 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 English Assessment


Reading and Writing

  • OCR set and marked
  • Comprising scenario based questions
  • Duration 75 minutes
  • Controlled, supervised conditions


Speaking and Listening

  • Centre assessed
  • OCR moderated
  • L1 - short discussion
  • L2 - short discussion and short presentation

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 student moving to a new flat will be able to contact a bank detailing a new address (either in person, over the telephone or in writing).


The qualification assesses three components:


Listening and communication

Reading and writing.


Reading paper and separate writing paper (2 tasks). Dictionaries are allowed and answers can be word processed. Speaking and listening assessment is carried out internally under controlled assessment conditions.


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