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What is this qualification?
Functional Skills are the essential skills needed for ENGLISH, MATHS and ICT, vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work. Functional Skills feature in most educational and training choices. The development of Functional Skills is seen by the Government as essential to address employers' concerns that young people and adults are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics.
Functional Skills strengthen and bring consistency to learning routes for young people and adults and have now replaced basic and key skills. Swim UK's sister company, Functional Skills UK, currently offers 5 different levels of each functional skill qualification.You will work with Functional Skills UK to decide the most appropriate level to start with.
What Levels are available?
There are currently 5 Levels available in Functional Skills. Starting at the lowest level - Entry Level 1 and progressing to the highest level - Level 2.
Descriptions of these levels are found below:
How do I know what level will be most suitable for me?
Swim UK will guide you through an Initial Assessment that you will take online. This assessment will be able to ascertain your individual strengths and weaknesses, and if you have any gaps in your knowledge. This, alongside other factors enables the Swim UK team to find the right course for you.
How is this course assessed?
Each qualification is assessed through either computer or paper based examinations. Within the English qualifications you will also be assessed on your communication and listening skills through group discussions.
This course is FREE for those in receipt of benefits.
(Funding is not guaranteed for these courses and may be subject to change)
In order to receive the course for free you must:
You must provide Swim UK with a sufficient proof of benefit dated within 1 month of the start of the course. Failure to provide this benefit letter will invalidate your booking.
Please ensure you have read the "Booking Procedure and Conditions" below before booking.
How to book?
Contact Swim UK to book in for a Sign Up session.
Once you have successfully completed the course, results can take up to 12 weeks to be processed.
Certificates will then be sent out to your home or work address, as listed on your booking details.
There a currently two funding options available:
1. If you are 19 years of age or over and claiming benefit you may be eligible to receive the course for free! Click here for details.
2. If you are working in the leisure industry on average 30 hours per week you may be eligible for an apprenticeship. Click here for details.