exam tips guidance

Functional Skills maths for Team Leaders / Supervisors

Team leaders / supervisors apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the final part of the new apprenticeship standards in the United Kingdom.

According to the standards:

A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals.

Institute of Apprenticeships

As part of their work, team leaders / supervisiors will need maths in the following situations:

  • Project management – planning project lifecycles
  • Finance – manage money, monitor budgets
  • Time management

How the team leader / supervisor can pass Functional Skills maths Level 2

To be able to pass the Functional Skills maths Level 2, the team leader / supervisor should:

  • start revising early. It is just too stressful to try and pass in the last months of the apprenticeship.
  • plan to revise in small chunks. An online maths support tutor could help you with bitsize revision.
  • get an accountability partner to help you stay the course.
  • complete past papers and get someone to mark them and give you feedback.

Finally, good luck with the exam.


Computer Basics for Carers

Many people go into the caring profession because they like to look after and care for other people. Unfortunately, like all modern businesses, a knowledge and use of computers is now a must in the care indutry. A typical care worker will at the very least need to know these basic computer skills:

  • Being to switch a computer on
  • Being able to log on and log off
  • Being able to shut down a computer
  • Understand the concept of user name and password
  • Basic Keyboarding (Enter, Backspace, Delete)
  • Understand how to use a mouse (left click, right click, scroll)
  • Understand the concept of desktop
  • Be able to create folders and files
  • Using a browser to search for information online
  • Using a web-based email to send and receive emails with attachment
  • Use Word Processing to write a basic document, save it and email it as an attachment

If you are an employer in the care industry and you have staff who may have difficulties with any of the above tasks, talk to us.


Is care work preventing you from learning?

Yes, many people working in the care industry would answer. If you are a care worker or healthcare support worker, you might find it hard to add “learning” to your busy schedule. Other things that may prevent you from learning could be:

  • family commitments
  • lack of confidence (you may have had a bad experience at school).

Skills Advisors can help you tackle your barriers to learning. Our motto is “Training with minimum disruption to your work”. We deliver training in short time batches to suit and fit around you; from 1-2 hour sessions at your place of work to on-demand short online units lasting for less than 30 minutes.

Skills Advisors focus is maths, English and Digutal Skills, the main foundations that every care worker needs to work in this age. Using a healthcare worker as an example, she will need:

  • IT Skills like Using Computers and Word Processing to allow her to write care plans for her clients.
  • IT Skills like Using Email to send information including attachments.
  • Maths Skills to be able measure medication.
  • Maths Skills to be able to properly record fluid intake.
  • English Skills to be able to write the care plan.
  • English Skills to fill out an accident form.

By the way, if you are an experienced care worker, PrimeCarers will help you find more and flexible work to suit your schedule.

To apply, hit the ‘apply now’ button, and check out this handy application guide they have made to help you.


Five Universities accepting Functional Skills

You can go to University with Functional Skills maths and English at Level 2.   Several universities in the UK accept Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE’s and we have listed five in this article:

WolverhamptonFunctional Skills Level 2 English
West LondonFull recognition given to relevant key skills, functional skills and ..
Edge Hill Level 2 Functional Skills English or Level 2 Literacy are also acceptable for most, but not all, degrees.
Teesside Functional skills at level 2 in both maths and English as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English grade C for most courses.
London South Bank Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English in place of GCSEs

Off-the-Job Training

Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.

The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include the following:

  • The teaching of theory (lectures, simulation exercises, online learning etc)
  • Practical training (shadowing, mentoring, industry visits

A quick calculation of the number of off-the-job training hours an apprentice would require:

Assumptions: 12 months, 6 weeks holiday, so 52 -6 = 46 weeks of work.

Average hours per week = 30.

Total number of hours per year: = 46 x 30 = 1380 hours.

Off-the-job = 0.2 x 1380 = 276 hours

Hours per week = 276/46 = 6 hours per week.

Example off-the-job tasks

10 days training @ 8 hours per day = 80 hours

3 hours shadowing per week = 3 x 46 = 138 hours

Online learning = 30 hours

Self-study / reflections = 30 hours

Total = 80 + 138 + 30 + 30 = 278 hours.