Functional Skills courses are designed to enable students to develop the confidence, practical skills and fluency in English, Mathematics and ICT. Home Study Zone offers Functional Skills qualifications that are designed to help you improve your skills and boost your confidence in these areas. They are also great if you are looking for more flexibility than a conventional college; as exam-based courses have more frequent dates available for sitting your exams, meaning you can complete the course much quicker.
Many employers and higher-level qualifications look for at least Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths, and for most students who do not currently have the required GCSE grades, then Functional Skills is the perfect opportunity to allow them to get this qualification allowing them to progress onto employment or further education.
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We offer not only City and Guilds Functional Skills but also Edexcel and NCFE too. Giving you more flexibility with exam centres near to where you live.
All of our Functional Skills courses are provided via an interactive online portal, which allows you to work at your own pace. Once you have completed your initial assessment, then a skills plan will be compiled with areas for you to work through, then you can book an exam, at a test centre near to you. There is no coursework involved in our courses and the exams are structured as follows depending on the awarding body:-
Typically for the functional skills English exam – there are three exams consisting of a reading, writing and speaking & a listening paper. For the functional skills Maths exam – there will be either one paper with two sections (a calculator and non-calculator section) or two papers on each section.
Exam windows are also more flexible than IGCSEs and you can normally book these quite quickly, additionally, the results will also arrive much sooner than the IGCSE.