Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT are GCSE-level courses that are fully recognised by colleges and Higher Education.
Functional Skills provide pupils with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

In Years 10-12 we offer Functional Skills Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade D to G) and

Functional Skills Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C to A*).

Many colleges teach Functional Skills alongside their Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

Our aim is for pupils to achieve at least Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths to allow them to focus on their chosen study at college.


Since 2012 BTEC Awards have been offered as part of our KS4 programme of study.
BTec are practical courses that are also equivalent to GCSE. They are generally more suited to the learning styles of our pupils. Qualification is based on passing modules of study rather than a single exam at the end of a course.

In 2010 we began the National Arts Awards: A qualification based on building a portfolio of work.

The Bronze Award is a Level 1 National Qualification equivalent to GCSE Grades D-G.

The Silver Award is equivalent to GCSE Grade C to A*.

The Gold Award is equivalent to A-Level. The Award is accredited by Trinity College London. 

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