Free functional skills course in Maths and/or English – expressions of interest open

5th August 2019

RMBC are currently working with Barnsley College to continue to deliver Functional Skills, here in Rotherham, for anyone who feels they would benefit from undertaking further study in Maths and/or English.


RMBC now need to collate expressions of interest from the Adult Care Sector and RMBC colleagues.  The Maths and English courses are aimed at anyone and you can study from Entry Level 1-3 to Functional Skills Level 1 &2.  Level 2 is the equivalent of GCSE grade C, although this is NOT the same qualification as a GCSE grade C.  Most Apprenticeship qualifications now ask for GCSE Grade C in Maths and English or Functional Skills to Level 2 in Maths and English.


The aim is to give people the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in English and Maths, if for whatever reason, this has not been an option previously.  The benefits include increased skills and confidence for individuals and improved performance for employers.


This opportunity is open to anyone working in or volunteering across the Adult Care Sector, at any job level, and also Rotherham Borough Council employees, and is free of charge.


The dates for delivery have been agreed with Barnsley College and Rockingham PDC will be the venue.  Classes start on Tuesday 10th September for Maths and Thursday 12th September for English and you will need to be available for classes each week.  There will be 2 workshops delivered per session, 1.15pm to 2.45pm for Entry Level and Level 1 and 2.45pm to 4.15 pm for Level 2.  You will only be required to attend 1 session per afternoon depending on the level you are studying.  All new applicants will be screened on the first session to ascertain their level of current ability.   This will allow for different levels of tuition to be delivered in both subjects.


There is no cost to the training but learners will need to be able to attend the workshops at Rockingham each week up to the end of November.  All learners will then sit an exam, at Rockingham.


Functional Skills for Maths and English Dates September 19


Please email, tel 01709 255903 as soon as possible if you would like to express an interest and in which subject (s).  If you sat the exams in June and wish to carry on to the next level then please also email and state which level you are interested in studying for.


Functional Skills Facts

Functional Skills are the essential skills needed for English, maths and ICT, and are vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work. They were introduced in September 2010 and officially replaced Key Skills in England in October 2012.

Problem solving is at the heart of Functional Skills; they require the learner to apply their knowledge and understanding in a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. Functional Skills are a mandatory element in apprenticeships as well as being stand-alone qualifications in their own right at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1 and Level 2.

An intermediate apprenticeship requires the achievement of Functional Skills at Level 1 in English and maths and, depending on the vocational programme, ICT.  An advanced apprenticeship requires a Level 2 achievement in Functional Skills in both English and maths, and ICT depending on the course.

Level 1 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade E-D, and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade C-A*. This includes GCSEs obtained from summer 2012 onwards with an Enhanced Functional Content (EFC).  Equivalencies for the new 1-9 GCSE have not yet been published