Scroll to content
The Beacon College home page

Interactive Bar

Functional Skills

The Functional Skills programme of English and Maths is taught through half-termly themes. The themes focus on preparing the students for adulthood by giving a context within which to learn and apply their key functional skills.

One of the Beacon College’s overarching aims and ambitions for students as they move into adulthood is for them to become active members of their local community and society and the ability to interact with others in a meaningful and purposeful way is key to this. Therefore, the opportunity for students to develop these skills within everyday contexts for a range of purposes is a priority and drives our core learning opportunity.


Functional Skills Overview



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year A




Making Meals


Improving the Environment

Year B

Making Meals

Caring for pets

Financial Support

Setting up a home

Event Planning

Our Locality

Year C

Healthy Lifestyles

Black History


Managing a home


Travel and Tourism


Functional skills lessons are taught in streamed groups according to pathway. The themes are further broken down for each pathway to enable the effective learning of skills at a level appropriate to the individual students.