Basic Skills in English and Maths

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Overview

Title: English and Maths

Pathway: Basic Skills in English and Maths

Available Study Options:
Part Time Print

Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Functional Skills English

We offer Functional Skills English qualifications at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. You will study a range of topics to develop your knowledge and skills in Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening.

GCSE English Language

Skills areas covered are Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, and include:

  • Identify explicit and implicit information
  • Explain, comment on and analyse a writer's use of language and structure
  • Evaluate a text critically
  • Compare writers' viewpoints and perspectives
  • Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Functional Skills Maths

We offer Functional Skills Maths qualifications at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. You will study a range of topics to develop your knowledge and skills in number, shape and space, and data handling.

GCSE Maths

Skills areas covered include:  

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio
  • Proportion and rates of change
  • Data handling
  • Geometry and measure
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics and probability
  • Graphs, charts and averages.

GCSE courses start in September. Functional Skills courses start in September, November and January. 

Please apply online and we will contact you to invite you in to our next screening assessment and enrolment evening.

The screening assessment is designed to give us an indication of your current literacy and numeracy levels, so that we can identify the best qualification route and class for you. The screening assessment/enrolment process can take up to 1.5 hours per subject.

How will I be assessed?

Functional Skills English: City and Guilds

You will complete 3 examinations in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.  You will be entered for your exams as soon as you are ready to sit them. Some examinations are internally assessed, whereas others will be externally assessed. Results are usually available within 4 weeks of your examination date.

GCSE English Language: AQA 8700

You will complete 2 examinations at the end of your course. Each exam is worth 50% of your overall grade and is externally assessed. Results are published on the third Thursday in August, each year.

Functional Skills Maths: City and Guilds

You will complete an exam. You will be entered for your exams as soon as you are ready to sit them.  Some examinations are internally assessed, whereas others will be externally assessed. Results are usually available within 4 weeks of your examination date.

GCSE Maths: Pearson

You will complete 3 exams at the end of your course. Each examination is worth 33% of your overall grade and is externally assessed. Results are published in August.

What will this lead to?

Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications are designed to help you improve your literacy and numeracy skills.

Achieving these qualifications will increase your confidence and motivation, and the skills you gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Successful completion of Functional Skills or GCSE qualifications can help you to progress onto Further Education courses, Higher Education courses and employment.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.

Cost

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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