Functional Skills

Functional Skills

Functional skills qualifications are offered for English and Maths. You can study for one subject only, or both.

English – This qualification enables you to develop your abilities to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English and apply this knowledge to familiar situations.

Maths – This qualification will enable you to demonstrate your confidence in using mathematics by giving you the underpinning knowledge and skills to solve straightforward problems.

How they are delivered

The courses are delivered in a practical way, often linking them with projects and activities to help people see how what they have learned can apply in the real world.

What careers can it lead to?

The qualifications will support your entrance into any career or further learning.  They can underpin apprenticeships and technical qualifications

They will build your core skills required for employment including being able to solve problems and use technology effectively.

How long will the qualification take?

For either English or Maths, there are five levels of qualification:

 Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3

  • Each level and subject will take 11 weeks at 1 day per week/ 30 weeks at 2 hours per day

Levels 1 and 2

  • Each level and subject will take 12 weeks at 1 day per week/ 33 weeks at 2 hours per day

Note: these are the minimum amounts of time, and this may vary depending upon the learner’s needs.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Adults and young people of any age

This course is suitable for people on the following programmes

Is the course certified?

Yes, you will receive a City & Guilds certificate in Functional Skills

Which days will it be offered?

  • Thursday and Fridays throughout the year. 

Do I need any specialist clothing or equipment?


Where will it take place?

You will be based at the Humboldt Field Studies Centre and will work within our Marefield Corner woodland and kitchen garden.

Typical group size

  • Group sizes will vary but will generally be no more than 6 service users

How much does this qualification cost?

  • Please enquire for details