Functional Skills

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This research paper focuses primarily on the area of 'Integrating Functional Skills', and aims to:-

  • Define functional skills
  • Explore why functional skills should be used in the subject area
  • Identify different methods of integrating functional skills in the subject area
  • Discuss how functional skills can be integrated further into the subject area

Investigation is made into each of the above areas in order to provide an overview of the topic itself, and discuss ways in which this may be implemented in the education sector so that the benefits may be achieved without negative impact on either teaching or learning. Evaluation of the results of the research attempts to indicate methods that can be implemented to achieve a positive result, and identify actual tools that can be used by teachers and tutors in the learning environment.

Target Audience

This research paper is primarily targeted at teachers and tutors in the Adult and Community sector of Adult Education, although it holds definite points of interest to Further and Higher Education lecturers, assessors and curriculum managers in all areas.

Extract: Functional Skills

The definition of functional skills is described by Wilson (2008, pp. 41) as "a development initiative to standardise qualifications for English, maths and ICT", who also identifies these as "the skills that underpin all learning and without them learners will struggle to meet the demands of their qualification, the world of work and life skills". Functional skills therefore appear to be a set of skills required by all individuals in a social and employment capacity in the UK, in order to successfully integrate in a modern social, learning and working environment.

This definition is confirmed by Edexcel (2009), who state that functional skills are "practical skills that equip learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding...

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Price, J. [Teesside Silversmith] (2009) Negotiating with Learners [Online] Available: Accessed:

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