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Functional Skills ICT at Cirencester College

Course description

Functional Skills must be completed at an appropriate level and where possible level 2 functional skills should be completed.  However, the minimum requirement for an Intermediate Apprenticeship is Level 1 functional skills and for an Advanced Apprenticeship, Level 2 functional skills.

Functional skills are practical skills in English, mathematics and ICT that allow individuals to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and in work. Functional skills in Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to develop, practise and apply skills in meaningful workplace contexts, thereby improving their employability and career opportunities. They will also help meet the needs of business for an increasingly skilled workforce.

Course content

Classes are not aimed specifically at one level.  You will work at your own pace at your level.  Classes are 1.5 hours per week. Your tutor will arrange for you to be assessed on each component as and when you are ready.

The awarding body for this qualification is Pearson (Edexcel).

This course covers all the practical aspects of using a computer in work and home.  Based around the Microsoft Office package, many of the skills will already be very familiar to you.


The complexity and content of the tasks will depend upon the level that you are working towards.

Tasks may include:

  • Using the internet to find and select information
  • Manage information storage i.e. work with files and folders and other media to access, organise, store, label and find information
  • Computer safety and security
  • Spreadsheets including formatting and formulae
  • Word processing and presenting information
  • Emailing


Practical online test

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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