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2 Programme Welcome Background to Functional Skills Subject content and assessment Refreshments Preparation and planning Support from AQA Any further questions?

3 What are they? Practical skills in English, Mathematics and ICT that allow individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life

4 Why teach FS? New nationally recognised qualification that has been requested by employers From 2010 the FS standards will form a significant part of the new GCSE specifications in English, Mathematics and ICT They are included in the Key Stage 3 curriculum (11-14), and embedded within the revised programmes of study for Key Stage 4 (14-16) Tried and tested qualification that has been piloted for 3 years

5 Pathways Standalone qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2 Embedded into the programmes of study for ICT at Key Stages 3 & 4 (including the new GCSE in ICT) Integral part of Foundation, Higher and Advanced Diplomas Component of apprenticeship frameworks Component of Foundation Learning and progression pathways Adult learning Replacement for Key Skills qualifications

6 AQA timeline National teaching of Level 1 and Level 2 to begin from September 2010 First assessment opportunity for L1 & L2 – January 2011 Entry Level 1, 2, 3 qualifications available from September 2011* First assessment opportunity for E1, E2 & E3 – November 2011* * subject to accreditation

7 Designed for success Content – relevant to students’ interests, clearly written and presented Assessment – all students have a chance to display their strengths with our assessment structure Accessibility – to all ability levels, reading level for FS is a level below the standard of the assessment (except for specialist vocabulary which is at the level being assessed)

8 Designed for success Straightforward – use of Plain English and clear layouts make our assessment materials easy to understand Flexibility – available four times each academic year, so students can take them when best prepared Simplicity – streamlined resources and no- nonsense advice

9 Equivalence Functional Skills equivalence table (QCDA) Functional Skills level Functional Skills performance points (Achievement and Attainment Tables) Functional skills equivalences Skills for Life (adult literacy and numeracy) Key skillsGCSENVQ level Level 2*23Level 2 A*-CLevel 2 Level 1*12.5Level 1 D-GLevel 1 Entry 37 Entry 26 Entry 15 *The points for level 1 and 2 are in addition to points allocated for other qualifications such as GCSEs and Diplomas.

10 Functional Skills in ICT

11 About the application of transferable practical ICT skills A Functional Skills qualification in ICT at Level 1 or Level 2 will prove that a candidate can: – use ICT systems – find and select information –develop, present and communicate information

12 Benefits of FS in ICT Provides students with practical skills that can be used in further education, work and everyday life Develops transferable skills Will motivate your students through interesting and highly relevant content Earns (additional) points on the Achievement and Attainment Tables – L1 = 12.5, L2 = 23 Provides a qualification recognised by employers if the student does not continue their ICT studies Could be provided as a precursor to GCSE suitable for Year 9 students

13 Subject content Provided by Ofqual in the Functional Skills Criteria for ICT (Nov 2009) Designed to enable students to: –apply their knowledge/understanding to everyday life –engage with others –solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts –develop personally and professionally Focus in the assessment is on the Skills Standards, but teaching should address the Coverage and Range Refer to pages 6-9 of the specification

14 Level 1 Skill Standards Using ICT Identify ICT requirements of a task Interact with and use ICT systems to meet the requirements of a straightforward task in a familiar context Manage information storage Follow and demonstrate understanding of the need for safety and security practices

15 Level 1 Skill Standards Finding and selecting information Use search techniques to locate and select relevant information Select information from a variety of ICT sources for a straightforward task

16 Level 1 Skill Standards Developing, presenting and communicating information Enter, develop and refine information using appropriate software to meet the needs of straightforward tasks Use appropriate software to meet the requirements of straightforward data-handling task Use communications software to meet the requirements of a straightforward task Combine information within a publication for a familiar audience and purpose Evaluate own use of ICT tools

17 Level 2 Skill Standards Using ICT Plan solutions to complex tasks by analysing the necessary stages Select, interact with and use ICT systems safely and securely for a complex task in non-routine and unfamiliar contexts Manage information storage to enable efficient retrieval

18 Level 2 Skill Standards Finding and selecting information Use appropriate search techniques to locate and select relevant information Select information from a variety of ICT sources to meet the requirements of a complex task

19 Level 2 Skill Standards Developing, presenting and communicating information Enter, develop and refine information using appropriate software to meet the requirements of complex tasks Use appropriate software to meet the requirements of a complex data-handling task Use communications software to meet the requirements of a complex task Combine and present information in ways that are fit for purpose and audience Evaluate the selection, use and effectiveness of ICT tools and facilities used to present information

20 Assessment Single unit: mainly task-based 2 hours, 80 marks Externally-set and externally-marked activities completed at a computer Set around realistic contexts, scenarios or problems Separate assessments for Level 1 and Level 2 Not graded – pass or ungraded (U) Unlimited re-sits of the qualification

21 Assessment Candidate Booklet to guide through the activities Students use software available in school with the exception of one activity that will use a simulation of the use of the Internet and Some aspects of activity to be answered in writing in Candidate Booklet, others printed out and attached to the back of the Candidate Booklet

22 Level 1 assessment Please refer to the Level 1 Specimen Candidate Booklet (pink cover)

23 Level 2 assessment Please refer to the Level 2 Specimen Candidate Booklet (white cover)

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27 Availability Availability of unit and certification January 2011 June 2011 November 2011 January 2012 March 2012 June 2012 and thereafter Increased number of assessment opportunities

28 Planning and delivery Working in groups, use the A3 Level 2 planner provided. Focus on one assessment objective: 1.Discuss possible teaching and learning activities 2.Think about timing – how many lessons would you allocate?

29 Entry Level From September 2011, subject to accreditation Available at entry level 1, 2 and 3 Assessment will be one hour on-screen test for each level EL1 and EL2 will be practical tasks, assessed by teacher checklist EL3 will require candidate to print 2-3 pages of evidence to show tasks have been completed All will use ‘real’ Internet and

30 Transition from pilot From QCDA: No ‘re-sit’ opportunity will be required (or allowed) for the pilot FS qualifications All assessments post-September 2010 should be based on the live qualification Component results for the pilot qualifications can not be transferred over to contribute to the new qualification

31 Further ICT studies Continuing to study ICT to GCSE: Provides better preparation for L3 ICT qualifications Content in GCSE is more widespread and goes beyond that in FS Skills acquired from controlled assessment provides good preparation for ICT work in the ‘real world’ Level 2 FS pitches at approximately grade C – GCSE takes students beyond that to potential A* Economies can be made in teaching as Functional ICT elements embedded as 50+% within the new GCSE ICT

32 Support Resource Zone FREE online resources to help you plan, including specimen assessment materials and mark schemes Free Introductory meetings for teachers Ask AQA 24-hour support through our free online question and answer service Enhanced Results Analysis free online tool that provides an instant breakdown of exam results

33 Support updates from our Functional Skills subject team. Register at 2010ready.aqa.org/updates Continuing Professional Development courses offering you in-depth training designed to meet your needs Experience drawn from the 3 years of the pilot that can be shared with schools new to Functional Skills (piloted by AQA with almost 15,000 candidates in the last two years)

34 Contacts If you have questions or would like to find out more: Subject Manager, Katie Smith or For details of teacher support meetings: Samantha Higson, Teacher Support Manager or To view the accredited specification, assessment materials and support resources:

35 Why choose AQA? Not for profit charity Size and status More support Investing in technology Working in partnership The largest Awarding Body Dedicated to education Specification development Examiners / moderators Controlled Assessment Advisers Face to face support Free meetings Direct access to subject departments and specialists A range of free resources Enhanced Results Analysis Exampro, CPD Website We don’t profit from education – you do

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