Functional Skills

What are Functional Skills?

Each Apprenticeship standard requires you to hold a certificate to at least a Level 2 in Maths and English. If you do not have copies of your certificates, or if they are not held on the learner record service, then you will need to undertake the Functional Skills course. This does not form part of your off-the-job training. The Functional Skills course runs for 12 weeks.

How are Functional Skills delivered?

Session are 1½ hours long and delivered weekly via Zoom with a specialist tutor. You will be set work to do each week and once all the sessions are complete you will sit a mock exam. If you pass this then you will be entered for your exam and the details will be discussed with you on an individual basis.

If you need some further practice, then you will work on a focused revision plan with your tutor until you feel ready to sit the exam. You will not be able to enter Gateway until you have passed your Functional Skills.

You will be given access to a dedicated tool to support your learning with user-friendly assessments and resources – BKSB.

Useful Resources: Maths

In addition to the resources provided in BKSB or Skills Forward, we recommend looking at Corbettmaths too. It’s completely free and a really good way to build and test your skills. It’s aimed at GCSE, but the skills are the same. The worksheets are linked with really good videos and once you have worked through them, you can click on the answers to see how you get on.

There is also this website, which is mostly free to access, so would be worth exploring:

Finally, the BBC have recently created a Bitesize revision site for Functional Skills which might be worth looking at too:

Get the most out of any reading activity by following Functional Skills coach, Sarah Taylor Cross’ hints and tips to reading success.

1. Think about the purpose of the reading task
2. Think about the most appropriate strategy for the reading task
3. To get the most out of the reading activity by becoming a more active reader

Guide for Reading Purpose

Video focus – Researching, revealing and revising new and/or specific knowledge information.

Guide for Reading Approach/Strategy

Video focus – Detailed reading, scan reading, skim reading.

Guide for Becoming an Active Reader

Video focus – Being involved, optimising reading outcomes- timing, taking and making notes.