ICT e-Functional Skills

Bi-weekly Workshops

Course dates:

September '16 - July '17 - Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm (Part-time)

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us:  01865 759798  courses@ruskin.ac.uk

ICT e-Functional Skills is an online Functional Skills teaching and learning resource designed to help guide you as an independent student from initial assessment to exam success.

ICT e- Functional Skills Entry level - Level 2 (you will be working at the level that is right for you) contains content that is mapped to and written exclusively for the Functional Skills curriculum and Functional Skills qualifications.

The ICT e-Functional Skills online teaching and learning resources are fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices and allow you to learn at your own pace. A free initial assessment tool and bite sized diagnostics create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) targets your skills gaps and provides engaging e-learning resources to assist you develop your knowledge and check your progress.

The ICT e-Functional Skills are widely recognised by employers and are accredited by City and Guilds who are regulated by OFQUAL.


E-Functional Skills is an online digital learning resource for learners undertaking their Functional Skills qualification.

E-Functional Skills will help you to complete your Functional Skills qualification by thoroughly preparing you for your exam.

There are three key parts to e-Functional Skills:

          Initial and diagnostic assessment

The initial and diagnostic tests are online tests to determine your ability and ‘skills level.’ The initial assessment determines your overall skills level and the diagnostic tests help identify areas where you might be struggling slightly and need to focus your learning.

Course resources

E-Functional Skills contains 100s of course resources including lessons, video clips and interactive quizzes to help guide you through the course and check your progress.

Exam preparation

Practice tests and exam guidance will help you prepare and gain confidence for your final exam.

This is an online course that you can start at any time.  The course will include completion of online resources, sample papers and an exam paper at the level that you are working at (determined by the initial assessment).  Once enrolled, these resources will be available to you to access at a time that suits you. It will involve around 45-55 hours of independent study.

To support these resources you will be able to attend 2 hour evening workshops that run every other week. This will be tutor directed and will reinforce your learning, address any issues you may have and prepare you for the exam.

You will need to complete an exam at Ruskin College following completion of the online resources.

On successful completion and achievement of course you will be receive a City and Guilds certificate in ICT e-functional Skills at the level that you are working at. If you are working below Level 2 you are then able to progress to the next level.

This course will be:

Free for group A students

£25 for group B students

£50 for group C students

Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;

Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email courses@ruskin.ac.uk


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know. We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course.

To apply for this course please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at courses@ruskin.ac.uk.

“I have a lot more confidence in my ability to learn”

“The course has given me skills that I can use in my charity work and beyond”

“As a result of this course I can help my children and I am doing some volunteering work to help older people learn the basic computer skills”

Achieving these qualifications will increase your confidence and motivation, and the skills you gain will be valuable in the workplace.

This course could help you progress to further study by developing your IT skills to help prepare you for other courses such as our Preparing for Further Study or Preparing for Employment courses; or our Pre-Access in Social Care or L2 Certificate in Writing for a Career in the Arts.

You may also need to brush up other skills in preparation for these courses so may wish to attend our Maths or English classes or complete e-functional maths or English in a similar format to this course.

All of the above can help you prepare to apply for one of our Access to HE courses and then to a degree programme, either at Ruskin or elsewhere.