Functional Skills- Maths and English

Functional skill will provide learners with the problem solving skills they require in the broader context of work and everyday life. By successfully achieving their functional skills learners will be able to demonstrate to employers and Higher Education that they:


  • Are able to apply knowledge and skills and respond appropriately to all sorts of real-life contexts

  • Have the mental agility to take on challenges in a range of new and often unforeseen settings

  • Are able to independently work out what to do

  • Recognise and expect that tasks may require persistence, thoughtfulness, struggle and reflection.

Assessment is critical to the value that employers, learners and others will place on functional skills achievement. This requires assessments to be based on real life, task based activity, rather than a solely objective test . OCR believes that functional skills will give pupils a practical grounding in how to apply skills to everyday situations, with a strong focus on explanation and problem-solving, rather than abstract concepts and recall. Our assessments reflect this belief, using real-life contexts that allow learners to apply their skills in a variety of situations.

This qualification is offered at Entry Level 1 – Level 2 in Maths and English


  • There are no requirements for this course

  • Acceptance onto this course is subject to successful assessment and guidance interview

Start Date(s)

  • Various starting dates(please contact for more information)

Course Duration

  • 15 weeks


  • On completion of this course you may choose to undertake further study.

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