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Functional Skills & Technical Certificates

All Apprenticeships recognise the importance of Functional Skills to assess:

  • Communication - to improve discussion, speaking, listening and writing.
  • Application of Number - to use numeracy confidently and effectively.
  • ICT - to use technology to process, store and retrieve information.
  • Working with Others.
  • Improving own Learning and Performance.
  • Problem Solving.

If you’re considering moving on to Higher Education, the university is a good point of contact and may be able to recommend courses that would best suit your qualifications and help you through your UCAS application.

If you successfully pass your Apprenticeship, the qualifications you gain are worth UCAS points. You can find out exactly how many UCAS points your qualification is worth on the UCAS Tariff Tables. It is also useful to know that universities, as well as your UCAS points, also consider your experience when deciding whether to offer you a place in their university.

The first three funtional skills are assessed through a portfolio of your work and an external test marked by an awarding body. The wider functional skills are assessed through your portolio without a test.

Technical Certificates focus on the knowledge and understanding that underpins the competencies of an NVQ proving that an Apprentice understands the theory behind the job as well as being able to carry out the practical tasks. They may also cover wider aspects of the chosen occupation or sector. They include BTEC or City & Guilds qualifications.

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