Maths and English
Improve your Maths and English to gain recognised qualifications and lifelong skills to help you succeed in further studies, work and everyday life.
Functional Skills Qualifications
For those learners who have not yet achieved the equivalent of grade D ̂ at GCSE, these qualifications offer an alternative programme of study based on the skills you will need in most jobs and everyday life situations. For example in English you will learn to identify fact and opinion in articles, summarise reports, write formal letters and give short presentations. In maths you will learn to calculate with decimals, percentages and measurements, interpret statistics and problem solve.
All learners start with a diagnostic assessment to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This is then used to plan their individual targets leading to an exam at the appropriate level.
Functional Skills qualifications are at Entry Levels 1,2 and 3 and Levels 1 and 2, with Level 2 being equivalent to a GCSE grade C*. Exams are held throughout the year so learners can be entered as soon as they are ready. There are 3 exams for English; Speaking and Listening Reading and Writing and just one for Maths.
Functional Skills qualifications are recognised by employers and at Level 2 are generally seen as equivalent to a good pass at GCSE for apprenticeships and access to further vocational and academic programmes. There are however some vocational and Higher Education programmes, with a significant maths or English content, that do still require a GCSE.
̂ These grades relate to the old, more familiar system of grading. A level 2 would be roughly equivalent to a Level 4 with the new grading system.
Those learners who have already achieved a D or can demonstrate they have the underpinning skills will have the opportunity to take maths and English GCSEs.
Those who are resitting maths can take the exam based on the previous curriculum with grades U – A* in June 2017. This is the last time this exam will be available. Others will cover the new curriculum and sit the GCSE with grades 1 – 9. (1 Lowest – 9 Highest)
Those who are taking English in June 2017 will work towards and take the IGCSE. The new GCSE with grades 1 – 9 will be available to learners at Bridge in June 2018.