Friday, 11 July 2014

Clarification of Functional Skills and GCSE positioning

Clarification of the latest Government announcements about Functional Skills and GCSE in apprenticeships and adult learning.  As I understand it, and because GCSE only has two assessment windows until at least 2020, Functional Skills remains the qualification of choice in Apprenticeships and other “roll-on roll-off qualifications” such as adult learning.

From August 2014 - all learners without grade C maths and English who undertake a full-time course (typically at FE College) must choose Functional Skills or GCSE.  

From August 2015 - those taking a full-time course with existing grade D, do GCSE, others can choose Functional Skills or GCSE. 

Irrespective of dates, whilst apprentices can choose GCSE where the provider offers it, Functional Skills will remain the qualification of choice until 2020 for apprentices and adults.  

Hope this helps to clarify the position - Jonathan Wells at Guroo. 

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