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English, maths and ICT Skills for FE Students

What are Functional Skills?

Functional skills are core elements of English, mathematics and ICT and are an integral part of your course at Bicton College. They cover the skills we use in all aspects of our studies, work and everyday life.

There are five main levels for each Functional Skill: Entry 1, Entry 2, and Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The level you will be studying depends on your initial assessment result, current skills level and GCSE grade for English and mathematics.

How do Functional Skills benefit you?

Each Functional Skill is a qualification in its own right. They provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable you to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, education and work.

Functional Skills will demonstrate to potential employers that you can; use a computer, deal with numbers and communicate with people in an appropriate style and manner, both verbally and in writing.

How are Functional Skills Delivered?

Functional Skills English and mathematics are timetabled weekly sessions in which you will update your underpinning knowledge in preparation for externally set tests. You will be given support in English and mathematics which will be closely linked to your main qualification and are embedded into your main course of study.

GCSE English and Maths

Alongside timetabled Functional Skills, there will be an opportunity to retake GCSE mathematics and English with formal assessments for both subjects. If you have not yet achieved a grade C in these subjects then we will support you to achieve a grade C, although you may work towards other English and mathematics qualifications as stepping stones towards this goal.

To be entered for a GCSE at Bicton College, you must have previously achieved a Grade D in mathematics and/or English and your initial assessment / diagnostic results must indicate that you are ready to achieve a grade C.

Please bring your English and Maths certificates or statement of results with you for your induction.

Many people returning to mathematics and English will follow the Functional Skills route. However, English, mathematics and ICT specialists work closely with teaching staff, programme managers and learning support staff to make sure you are offered the most appropriate qualification to suit your needs. The English, mathematics and ICT team will also update programme managers regularly on your progress during your time at college.

Any queries, please contact Zoe Allars on 01395 562410.

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