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Core Skills

Core Skills for Adult Learners

How can you improve your skills in English and maths?

No matter what your skill level, SHCC can help you build your literacy and numeracy skills.  We can help you find the right course for you.

English and maths skills are important to everyone.  We often call this literacy and numeracy, but whatever name you use, SHCC can help you to build your skills.  Besides being important in work and everyday life, literacy and numeracy skills are very important in getting ready for further training.

 

Essential Skills

Essential Skills is an unaccredited course provided by SHCC to help learners with the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. Essential Skills is not an exam class.   You will work with a tutor who will get to know you and your learning goals and help you gain skills and confidence in reading and basic maths.  The goal of the Essential Skills class is to help you improve your skills and to prepare you to move on in your learning.

 

Functional Skills

Offered at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level  2

Functional Skills are fully accredited qualifications in English, maths and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. The courses are available at different levels, so you’ll be able to study at the level best suited to you.  We will administer an assessment when you enrol to help determine where to start your studies.  In Functional Skills courses, learning is applied to real-life situations.  Functional Skills courses can help you progress to GCSE courses or just help you develop skills that are useful in your job or in everyday living.

 

GCSE

Level 2

GCSE qualifications in English and Maths are often required by employers or for further study. If you have been away from the classroom for a while or if you have gaps in your education, these courses can help you get the skills you need to move forward.  GCSEs can also help you build your confidence to move on to higher level training.

Available courses

Essential Skills


(Basic Maths and English)

Not accredited

Essential Skills is an unaccredited course that help learners gain the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. Lessons aim to help you to learn in a realistic context.

Essential Skills courses can help you progress to Functional Skills English or Mathematics courses or just help you develop skills that are useful in your job or in everyday living.  This is not an examination course.  This is an informal way to cover basic skills in Maths and English.

Functional Skills English


Level  2

This course gives students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work.

Students at Level 2 are expected to:

  • Select, read, understand and compare texts.
  • Write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions effectively and persuasively.
  • Make sure written work is fit for purpose and audience, with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Contribute to discussions in a range of contexts, some unfamiliar.
  • Make effective presentations.

Functional Skills Maths


Level 1

This course provides students with the mathematics that are most useful in everyday contexts and the world of work.  Along with other skills, students will learn to:

  • add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers
  • understand and use common fractions, decimals and percentages
  • add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places
  • solve problems requiring calculation with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
  • work out areas and perimeters in practical situations
  • extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs

Functional Skills English


Entry  Level

The English Entry Level course helps students develop basic skills in English including reading, writing, speaking and listening., including:

Learning to use effective written language

  • Reading and using a range of written materials
  • Communicating and organising clearly
  • Using appropriate words and sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
  • Listening and responding appropriately to spoken language
  • Using spoken English effectively

GCSE English


Level 2

The GCSE English course seeks to develop the following skills: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The students will develop their ability by means of group discussions, drama-focused activities and extended individual pieces. Students will read a play by Shakespeare, prose from the English literary heritage, poetry from different cultures and traditions, non-fiction texts and media texts. Writing will encompass developing writing to: explore, imagine, entertain, describe, argue, persuade, advise, review and comment.

GCSE courses normally run for one school year and prepare you to sit the external examination, usually offered in June or November.

Functional Skills Maths


Level 2

This course provides students with the mathematics that are most useful in everyday contexts and the world of work.  Along with other skills, students will learn to:

  • understand and use positive and negative numbers of any size
  • carry out calculations with numbers of any size in practical contexts, to a given number of decimal places
  • understand, use and calculate ratio and proportion
  • understand and use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • understand and use simple formulae and equations
  • use probability to assess the likelihood of an outcome

Functional Skills English


Level 1

The course aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations.

Students at Level 1 are expected to:

  • Read and understand a range of straightforward texts .
  • Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions, using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience.
  • Use correct grammar and generally accurate punctuation and spelling, and make sure that meaning is clear.
  • Take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects.

Functional Skills Maths


Entry  Level

Entry Level Certificates are a nationally recognised qualification that gives students the opportunity to achieve a certificated award. This course provides basic and relevant numeracy skills and is suitable for students of all ages.

Students complete eight components in this course:

Component 1: numbers

Component 2: the four operations

Component 3: ratio

Component 4: money

Component 5: the calendar and time

Component 6: measures

Component 7: geometry

Component 8: statistics

GCSE Maths


Level 2

Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination  The main topics covered include:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

GCSE courses normally run for one school year and prepare you to sit the external examination, usually offered in June or November.

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