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Functional Skills

VTCT is offering a suite of Functional Skills qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT at levels 1 & 2.

Functional Skills are practical skills, they are not just about the learners’ knowledge in the subject areas, but are also about them knowing how and when to use that knowledge in real-life situations. They allow individuals to engage confidently, effectively and independently in life.

Training, support and guidance materials will be provided to all VTCT Functional Skills centres.

Examinations
  • ICT will be tested by external exams - 1 paper based with 1 online element
  • Maths will be tested by one paper based external exam  
  • English has 3 components:
  • 1. Reading - External paper-based exam

    2. Writing - External paper-based exam

    3. Speaking, listening & communication – assessed by an internally marked task

    Each examination will cost £12.50, paid at registration, with re-sits charged at the same rate. Please note: there is a heavy discount available if this is purchased within an apprenticeship bundle.

    For the first academic year VTCT is planning a 5 day examination window every second month. VTCT intends to increase the frequency of assessment windows for academic year 2013/14.
    Examinations are currently paper based and by March 2014 most English and Maths papers will be available for online testing following exhaustive testing and piloting which is nearing completion, and/or print off from a unified entry portal. VTCT are hoping to announce shortly also a significant reduction in lead times required for the monthly series entries, allowing entries after results are known in time for the following series.
    Examinations will initially be paper-based but it is intended to move to online as soon as possible and by August 2013 at the latest.
    Functional Skills Documents
      Functional Skills Frequently Asked Questions
      Functional Skills Key Dates 2013/14
      Functional Skills guidance
      Functional Skills example test papers, mark schemes and other related documents*
      L1 English Speaking, Listening & Communication assessor guidance with assessment grid
      L2 English Speaking, Listening & Communication assessor guidance with assessment grid
      Guidance on opening and returning exam scripts
      Guidance on invigilation arrangements
      ICT instructions for centres
      Useful websites relating to Functional Skills

     *You will be required to log into Linx2 to access these papers