Accredited Courses

Access to Business and Adult Education are recruiting new clients for our new accredited courses in early 2021. Study and earn a Functional Skills qualification in English, Math or Essential Digital Skills by signing up to our Entry Level courses.

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What are functional skills and why you need them?

Functional Skills are the essential skills in ENGLISH, MATHS and Digital Skills.
Any learner over the age of 14 has the opportunity to study for these essential qualifications in practical ways that apply to everyday situations, enabling them to operate confidently and effectively through life and work.

English Functional Skills

  • Speaking and listening – making an oral presentation or report.
  • Reading – reading and understanding information and instructions.
  • Writing – writing accurately so that meaning is clear.

Maths Functional Skills

  • Representing – Understanding a situation mathematically.
  • Analysing – processing and using maths.
  • Interpreting – interpreting and communicating the results of analysis.

Essential Digital Skills

  • Computer Systems – Learning the proper use of ICT Systems
  • Finding and Selecting – Discovering information.
  • Development and Presentation – Communicating information.
Helping Your Development

Functional Skills Levels

Functional Skills qualifications in English and Math are available at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3. Our Essential Digital Skills qualification is available at Entry Level 3. 

Functional Skills assessments are graded as either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. There are no proxies and no portfolio elements for these qualifications. All Entry Level examinations are paper based. They are assessed internally and are moderated by the centre.

The Functional Skills standards are technical documents that define and differentiate the skill requirements for the Functional Skills qualifications. For Functional Skills assessment, learner performance will be measured on a pass/fail basis at three levels: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3.

Learners are not required to move sequentially through each level but to take the Functional Skills qualification at the appropriate level when they are ready to do so.

  • Entry Level 1 = NC level 1
  • Entry Level 2 = NC Level 2
  • Entry Level 3 = NC Level 3

For More Information

If you’d like to be on one of ouraccredited courses or ask any further questions, contact Simon Moore on:
01902 572397 or 078141 78038. Alternatively, email

Access to Business is the Wolverhampton based charity providing professional services supporting local people into employment and self-employment and also offering accredited and non-accredited training courses and office services for local businesses.


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