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Functional Skills – Open Awards awarding body

Students can achieve a Level 2 in the following subjects

English – This comprises of three elements.

  1. Reading – Students will understand the difference between fact and opinion. They will explore different writing styles, know the different levels of detail required and pick out key detail from text as well as explain Implied Meanings.
  2. Writing – Students will learn to write in paragraphs and organise their writing with structure. They will communicate information, ideas and opinions in written form.  Students will use different types of language based on different scenarios.
  3. Speaking and Listening – Students will make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations.

Students need all 3 elements to obtain the qualification.

Maths – This involves a final exam including

  1. Number – this includes whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages
  2. Measure, Shape and Space
  3. Handling Information Data and Statistics.

Students will be encouraged to use both written and mental methods such as problem solving.

Information Technology – Students will learn skills in word processing, spreadsheets and databases.  They will understand the health and safety measures for using the internet and how to secure devices.  Students will be expected to use email and understand the aspects of file management.

Vocational Qualifications – AIM awarding body

Construction – Students will learn a skill, practice and then apply it to a task.  Students will experience bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, plumbing and tiling.

Mechanics – Students will gain experience in both car and cycle maintenance including the relevant legislation applicable.

Horticulture – ReFocus is lucky enough to have a garden where students will be actively involved in growing and planting both flowers and vegetables.  Students will also learn how to look after indoor plants as well as the properties of certain plants and how they can help support plant health.

Personal Social Development – This incorporates our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum and includes both humanities and creative arts.  Students will look at protected characteristics, British values and look at what is important for their well-being as well as how they fit in to the world they live in.

Employability – All students will have employability lessons; these support the construction qualification as they make up a portion of the credits required.  These lessons challenge students to understand the world of work and help them develop as a well-rounded adult.

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