Functional skills are designed to equip learners with the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, learning and work. They have been designed in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics.
The purpose of the Gateway Qualifications Functional Skills in English at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3 aim to ensure that each individual is able to communicate effectively and develop skills in:
- speaking, listening and communication
For each component (reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication) realistic contexts have been designed so that learners develop the functionality they need. Learners must pass each component at their chosen level in order to achieve the award for Functional Skills English.