Course overview

Functional Skills are ideal if you wish to get ahead and up skill for progression in the workplace or prior to enrolling onto a higher level programme. Over the course of this qualification you will learn practical mathematics skills required in everyday life, education and work.

Key Facts

  • Attendance: You will not attend College for tuition, instead you will work through the course materials on your own with telephone and email support from an allocated Distance Learning Tutor.  All resources, support and assessment will be provided online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will, however, be required to attend a City & Guilds examination centre to complete the online examination; this can be arranged near to your home where possible.
  • Duration: Six months
  • Start Date: You may start this programme at any time during the year.
  • Location: This online distance learning course can be studied anywhere in the UK.

Course content

This Functional Skills Maths qualification assesses three interrelated process skills:

Representing

  • Understand routine and non-routine problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations
  • Identify the situation or problems and identify the mathematical methods needed to solve them
  • Choose from a range of mathematics to find solutions

Analysing

  • Apply a range of mathematics to find solutions
  • Use appropriate checking procedures and evaluate their effectiveness at each stage

Interpreting

  • Interpret and communicate solutions to multi-stage practical problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and situations
  • Draw conclusions and provide mathematical justifications

Assessment

You will undertake written assessments and pass an online examination. You will be required to attend a City & Guilds examination centre to complete the online examination; this can be arranged near to your home where possible.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements.

Course fees

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

£360 or £60 per month plus £29 Awarding Body Fees.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

We offer two different payment options; our ‘Annual Fee Scheme’ or our ‘Pay as You Learn’ monthly payment scheme. Details on both of these payment options can be found here.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any change in your financial undertakings it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location etc., and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

What next?

Achieving this qualification will increase your confidence and practical skills, which will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Professionally, undertaking a qualification that demonstrates functional skills to employers can give you a competitive edge in the jobs market, meaning that more jobs and opportunities for promotion may become available to you.

Functional Skills form a vital part of all apprenticeship frameworks in England and can, in some cases, can be used to aid enrolment onto higher level programmes of study. You may also wish to undertake the Functional Skills English level 2 qualification.

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