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What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners aged 14 and above. Functional Skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

They are learning tools that enable students to:

  • apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • engage competently and confidently with others
  • solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

Why are Functional Skills important?

Functional Skills are important because they provide young people and adults with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.

Functional Skills Units

For a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you will complete Level 1 Functional Skills Units

For a Level 3 Apprenticeship, you will complete Level 2 Functional Skills Units

Functional Skills Unit Level Value
Functional Skills Qualification in English 1 or 2 5
Functional Skills Qualification in Maths 1 or 2 5
Functional Skills Qualification in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 1 or 2 5

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