City and Guilds have launched two new qualifications, which act as stepping stones for learners who wish to progress on to a functional skills qualification.
Principles of English and mathematics (Course code: 3844)
The principles of English and mathematics qualifications allow candidates to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of a wide range of English and mathematics skills. These new qualifications provide a perfect complement to Functional skills and Entry level skills for life programmes. The qualification is available from Entry 3 to Level 2. These qualifications are aimed at learners aged 16+. They can be taken in isolation or can be used as a stepping stone towards the ultimate goal of a functional skills qualification at Level 2, or an A* – C grade GCSE. These courses are available in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
English skills and mathematics skills (Course code: 3847)
The City and Guilds scheme 3847 Awards/Certificates in English and mathematics skills (QCF) have been designed to create stepping stones for learners working towards GCSE and Functional skills qualifications and to recognise and accredit the progress that learners make on this journey. The qualifications comprise a broad range of small units, each underpinned by the National Standards for Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The qualifications are mapped to the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Core Curricula and the Functional skills and GCSE subject criteria where appropriate. There are a number of different pathways through the qualifications allowing candidates to focus on the skills they need to help them progress. The qualifications have been designed to provide adults (19+) with a flexible, relevant and highly personalised route to certification, and the opportunity to secure the skills needed for their next steps in life, work or study. These courses are available in England.