Functional Skills

Functional skills play an important part in everyday life, from household budgeting to helping your children with their homework, so learning the right skills is essential.

We offer Functional Skills maths and English courses from Entry Level to Level 2, at times to suit you.

Completing a Functional Skills course could help you to gain a nationally recognised qualification, improve your job prospects or just help boost your confidence. Many employers are keen to recruit individuals that have achieved this qualification as it is well respected within the teaching profession. Studying on a teacher training qualification is engaging and rewarding and can lead to a whole range of fulfilling careers.

Who’s it for?

  • those who want to improve their English and maths skills
  • those who would like to study for a nationally recognised qualification
  • or if you just want to improve or refresh your skills.

What will it in involve?

Our Functional Skills courses can help you develop the practical skills in English and maths that you need to live, study and work. You'll learn to apply English and maths skills in real-life situations through reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks.

You will study both face to face and remotely.

In your introductory session, you will be required to complete a short initial assessment to ensure we enrol you on the correct level course. During your studies we will work with you to support you to either refresh your English and maths skills, or to achieve a Functional Skills qualification.

If you want to gain a qualification, then there are exams and assessments to complete. However, we also deliver short refresher courses which are non-examinable, but these are non-accredited so won’t give you a recognised qualification, but you might like to try before committing to an accredited course.

Our experienced tutors will guide and support you throughout. The course will include:

Your course will consist of tutorials and blended learning activities which involve independent study using online software and completing tasks set by your tutor.


  • Read and understand texts in detail
  • Use language, format and structure suitable for purpose and audience
  • Use correct grammar and spelling, including correct and consistent use of tense
  • Punctuate written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas.
  • Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience
  • Identify language techniques and how they are used to convey meaning
  • Take part in a group discussion using appropriate language in formal settings/exchanges


  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies
  • Understand and use equivalences between common fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
  • Convert units of measure in the same system
  • Extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts, graphs
  • Collect and record discrete data and organise and represent information in different ways
  • Find area, perimeter and volume of common shapes
  • Use probability to assess the likelihood of an outcome

How long will it take?

Refresher courses – 4 hours

Accredited courses – 45 hours

What will the course lead to?

After completing the course, you could take GCSE qualifications in English and maths or go on to study other qualifications.

Are there any minimum entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements just the motivation to improve your skills

Cost: £price on request

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