Functional Skills

Functional Skills is the term that describes the essential skills needed for English, maths and ICT.

They’re the building blocks that enable people to access opportunities in life, learning and work, and are a mandatory requirement for Apprenticeships.

Our experience shows that people often have Functional Skills needs because they’ve not thrived in the typical classroom environment. It’s common sense then that delivering Functional Skills courses in the classroom just isn’t going to give the learner what they need.

To paraphrase a well-known quote… repeating an action, and expecting a different result is just madness.

So, what’s the answer? We’ve developed English Boxed and Maths Boxed, high-quality learning films that give our learners a completely different experience.


Both films are aimed at adults and treat them as such, not as children. They turn learning on its head, providing context that young people can understand and engage with, while using humour to make learning fun. Learning is relevant, not patronising.

The detailed bit

  • We offer Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications and our film content covers the entire curriculum.
  • English Boxed and Maths Boxed include a combined initial assessment and diagnostic as standard, helping to ensure learners are on the right path.
  • We’re endorsed by OCR and NOCN.

Our high-quality learning films are perfect for people who want to take control of their learning and work at their own pace, at a time that’s right for them… outside the confines of the classroom.

We support learning in schools, and help people learn new skills that support their career progression, including Apprenticeships.


We engage, entertain and educate learners through learning films made accessible through our intuitive learning platform. Our films are learner focused, data driven, occasionally humorous(!) and empowering.

Our intuitive learning platform puts the learner in control, while enabling tutors to provide them with the right support and effectively manage their progression.


The learner is put in the driving seat, enjoying a completely different experience from the one they’re used to in a typical classroom environment.

The learning experience is appealing, interactive and enjoyable and can create a long-lasting change, making previously disengaged people enthusiastic about learning new skills.

We enable learners to complete their entire learning, training, and even Apprenticeships through our intuitive learning platform.


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