Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
Flexible 16 Weeks TBC Part-Time - Day City Campus Skills & Qualifications
Flexible TBC City Campus Skills & Qualifications

What’s it all about?

Functional skills is a stepping stone qualification brought in to help students progress to level 2 and/or prepare for their GCSE studies. Functional skills is a more flexible alternative to GCSE for many people and focuses on applying basic mathematical skills to the real world, rather than the more abstract maths found in GCSE.

We offer Functional Skills at a range of levels including:

Level 2 - A similar level to a GCSE grade 4 or grade C
Level 1 - A similar level to a GCSE grade 2 or grade E
Entry Level 3 - A level slightly below GCSE

Many employers and universities accept Functional Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE, but always check this before enrolling on the course.

Each level of Functional Skills takes about 16 weeks to complete and is assessed by an external exam.

This course is available at our City Centre Campus and our Bede Campus as well as Washington Campus on a Monday evening.

This course is free of charge for anyone 19+ who does not hold this qualification or GCSE grade E/2 or above.

You do not need any official qualifications. You will need to complete a diagnostic assessment to confirm your strengths and areas of improvements.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will study once per week for 3 hours, but will also be shown how to access resources online to study in your spare time.

At the end of the course, you will sit a single 1 hour 45 minute computer-based assessment

These assessments can be booked for any day or time during the year and can be sat more than once per year if you do not pass the first time.

What’s next?

After successfully completing this course you can progress onto Level 2 Maths Functional Skills.

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