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KS4 Education Skills Centre

Description of Provision:

Our KS 4 Education Skills Centre, replaced our Braunstone Skills Centre in September 2017, it is located at our Millgate Lodge site and  provides a range of educational and vocational programmes, these include:-

  • Functional Mathematics, English and ICT
  • SEFL
  • GCSE ICT
  • GCSE Maths & English Courses. [From Sept 2013]

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

This table summarises how Edexcel Functional Skills are assessed:

  English Mathematics Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Entry Level 1-3 Internally assessed, externally verified, on demand. Three components: Speaking, Listening and Communication; Writing; Reading.
Assessed separately – all three must be completed for certification.
Internally assessed, externally verified, on demand.
Single component.
Internally assessed, externally verified, on demand.
Single component.
Paper-based Level 1-2  Assessed in fixed pre-published exam windows, externally set and assessed.
Three components: Speaking, Listening and Communication; Writing; Reading. Assessed separately – all three must be completed for certification.
Assessed in fixed pre-published exam windows, externally set and assessed.
Single test.
Assessed in fixed pre-published exam windows, externally set and assessed.
Single test.
Onscreen, on demand
Level 1-2 
Tests on demand. Three components: Speaking, Listening and Communication; Writing; Reading. Assessed separately – all three must be completed for certification. Internet required for downloading tests. Tests will run offline. Tests on demand.
Single test.
Internet required for downloading tests. Tests will run offline.
On demand
Level 1-2 
Tests on demand. Test paper and data files downloaded and retained securely. Evidence uploaded electronically. Internet connection required for part of test. Single test, taken on computer using standard desktop software.

 

SEFL/Skills for Employment and Further Learning

The AIM Awards Suite of Skills for Employment and Further Learning (QCF) qualifications cover a wide range of subject areas and have been devised with the aim of progressing learners into further learning and/or employment. The qualifications can be used with all age ranges (both pre and post 16). The diverse range of units available can be used to create individualised learning programmes giving learners an opportunity for both personal development and vocational experience.

Cambridge Nationals

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.

Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A is a linear qualification:

Mathematics *Paper code 1F/2F, Externally assessed, Availability: June

100% of the total GCSE

Overview of assessment

  • Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final grade
  • Tiered papers
  • Foundation Tier grades C-G available
  • Higher Tier grades A*-D available (E allowed)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (Foundation papers)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (Higher papers)
  • 100 marks on each paper
  • Paper 1F and 1H: Non-calculator
  • Paper 2F and 2H: Calculator
  • The functional elements of mathematics are assessed on each paper:
  • o 30-40% of the Foundation Tier papers
  • o 20-30% of the Higher Tier papers.

Overview of content

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Measures
  5. Statistics
  6. Probability

WJEC: ENGLISH GCSE

Examination Board: WJEC Welsh Board

To achieve this qualification you will need to complete four pieces of coursework and two exams. There is also a compulsory element of speaking and listening that you will need to complete to pass the course.

  • Two exams count towards 60% of your final grade.
  • Four pieces of coursework count towards 40% of your final grade.

 EXAMS

Reading Paper 1 is 1 hour.

Writing Paper 2 is 1 hour.

Referral Arrangements via:

  • Pastoral Support Planning Meeting
  • Information Passport

Address / Tel:

 

KS4  Education Skills Centre

Millgate Lodge

495 Welford Road

Leicester

LE2 6BN

Tel: 0116 3033281

Contacts:

Drew Barrett (KS4 Lead and Centre Manager) (EXT 403)