Functional Skills

PSA also offers students to do functional skills in either English, Maths or ICT. This is available to those that do not already have a GCSE, some of our apprenticeship courses require specific grades. For example if a students was to do a level 2 apprenticeship then the minimum grade they are required to achieve is level 1 functional skill.

Functional skills provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work.

Functional Skills Assessments are:

  • designed to measure the competent application of skills within real life scenarios

  • task-based or task and test-based

  • usually externally set but may provide for internal task-based assessments

  • subject to rigorous quality assurance; students must be registered at the right level.


Functional Skills are part of the Apprenticeships framework.

 Functional Skills English assess three components:

  • Speaking, listening and communication (SLC)

  • Reading

  • Writing




Functional Skills ICT assess three interrelated areas of skills:


  • Using ICT systems

  • Finding and selecting information

  • Developing, presenting and communicating information




Functional Skills maths assess three interrelated process skills:


  • Representing: selecting the mathematics and information to model a situation

  • Analysing: processing and using maths

  • Interpreting: interpreting and communicating the results of the analysis

Peterborough Skills Academy

Address​​​​​​: 2 Woodston Business Centre,

Shrewsbury Avenue,



01733 516000

(All calls at PSA are recorded for training & monitoring purposes)

We are an Institute of Motor Industry Approved Centre and deliver Accreditations 

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