AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Functional Skills Services

Functional Skills services

AlphaPlus can help you manage your Functional Skills qualifications programme

We provide this service to a number of major AOs active in the market, and have well-established and proven processes for each of the following:

  • Writing series of assessment papers for accreditation and live use (all subjects, all levels)
  • Providing marker training, marking and standard setting services
  • Providing subject experts to review material developed by the AO
  • Providing advice and support for on-screen testing of Functional Skills
  • Supporting AOs in the accreditation process with documentation preparation

Our support packages are tailored to meet your specific requirements (i.e. you can pick and choose from the services listed above). AOs often find considerable difficulty and expense in producing Functional Skills papers. AlphaPlus offers a range of services to help AOs with managing their Functional Skills offer. Our charges are all fixed in advance of the work, and are often less costly for AOs than developing internal capacity.

Our work in Functional Skills

AlphaPlus first became involved in the second year of the Functional Skills pilot. Our role, working for QCDA, was to evaluate the impact of the introduction of Functional Skills qualifications and the ability of the Functional Skills qualifications, and their associated assessments, to meet the needs of all audiences. Our work continued through the three years of the Functional Skills pilot.

Since then, AlphaPlus have provided authoring and development services to six UK awarding organisations. This work includes:

  • Writing series of assessment papers for accreditation and live use (all subjects, all levels)
  • Providing marker training, marking and standard setting services
  • Providing subject experts to review material developed by the AO
  • Providing advice and support for on-screen testing of functional skills
  • Supporting AOs in the accreditation process with documentation preparation

Contact

For more information about our Functional Skills services, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718