What are functional skills

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What are functional skills ?

The short answer is basic reading, writing, mathematics, and computer skills that a person needs in order to be able to live and work in a modern society

So at work you might need to write letters or emails, compile information or even plan and calculate tasks

Delivered at levels I and II, these courses will help you at work, or helping you in finding a job, or even a new job

The Level One functional skills course exams in literacy and numeracy, are considered as equivalent to a GCSE pass, the Level Two exams are considered equivalent to a good GCSE pass

Level Two qualifications are also viewed as equivalents to a C grade pass in terms of access to progression in learning

For example for people to study for a degree, a Level Two functional skills qualification will enable them to meet the threshold access requirements for English and maths skills mandated for study in institutes of higher education

Similarly the qualification is often required as entry criteria to college courses. Importantly the qualification is recognised by businesses as an indication of capability with numeracy and literacy   

To enrol onto the Functional Skills element of the training, you must be able to meet the following eligibility criteria:

You don't hold a Functional Skills qualification in English or Mathematics higher than Level One

You don't hold a GCSE qualification in English or Mathematics at grade A* - C

You have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years

The above information is subject to a self-declaration and no other qualifications regardless of subject or level are taken into account 

(Evidence of residency may be requested by Boston College or the awarding body)