Functional skills are now well accepted by employers as important components of apprenticeship frameworks and as valuable standalone qualifications. Functional skills are important because they provide the skills, knowledge, and understanding for young people and adults to progress in work, education, and life. It relates to transferring to learner’s ability to solve problems to real-life contexts. Functional skills are the fundamental English, Maths, and ICT skills to aid their working and personal lives. People can study for these qualifications in practical ways. Functional Skills provide young people and adults with the knowledge and understanding they will need in order to progress and succeed in education, training, and employment. Employers are beginning to recognise that as well as developing vital skills in English and maths, functional skills can help young people apply skills to different contexts, solve problems, use their initiative and work independently. 

At the moment, many learners who have been demotivated by not achieving maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above at school, become more engaged through undertaking functional skills in these subjects. 

Level 2 Functional Skills are also more and more acceptable to Universities, depending upon what type of Higher Education course you want to do. They take less time to study than GCSE’s. However, for some professions you will need GCSE’s in English and Maths which are also offered at the College. The English and Maths team will ensure you study the right course and level for your needs

Through The Learning Web, the qualification is delivered online through tutor-led sessions and digital materials accessible via a PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. 

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