Functional Skills

87% of employers think that English and mathematical skills are needed in the world of work

How English and mathematics skills can help you:

Job applications.

English skills can help you:

  • Complete a well-written CV
  • Understand the requirements of a job role
  • Complete job applications to a high standard
  • be an effective speaker and listener in an interview

Mathematical skills can help you:

  • Understanding work hours
  • Calculate salary and living costs
  • Budget and plan your finances
  • Navigation to interviews

Within a job role

English skills can help you:

  • Use the phone and accurately take messages
  • Confidently read and understand new information
  • Write different types of emails
  • Communicate with colleagues and customers

Mathematical skills can help you: 

  • Create and understand graphs, charts, and timetables
  • Analyse figures and budgets
  • Manage finances
  • Prioritise tasks
  • Enhance your time management skills.

Functional Skills English Level 2

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English Functional Skills consists of:

1-hour Reading test

1-hour Writing test 

Speaking, Listening and Communication assessment.

All Functional Skills tests are completed via an on-screen test on a laptop. You will be expected to achieve this qualification by the end of month 6 of your overall programme. The exact time and date for testing will be decided between yourself, your tutor and your employer at a point when you feel ready.

Functional Skills Mathematics Level 2

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Mathematics Functional Skills consists of a 1-hour 30-minute onscreen test. 

You will be expected to achieve this qualification by the end of month 6 of your overall programme. The exact time and date for testing will be decided between yourself, your tutor and your employer at a point when you feel ready.