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  • What is a Functional Skills Course?

    What is a Functional Skills Course?

    If you don't have the right basic qualifications, life can be more of a challenge than it needs to be. Luckily you can take a Functional Skills Course and catch up. A functional skills qualification is a GCSE equivalent, designed to give you the Maths, English and Information and Communications Technology knowledge you need to make a success of your job and reach your full potential in every aspect of your life, a valuable second chance.

    People who don't have a Grade 4+ GCSE in English and Maths can't do an apprenticeship, for example, but one or more functional skills qualifications can fill the gap very effectively, sending you on your way to a better career.

    What are functional skills?
    Functional skills replace previous qualifications called Key Skills. The three core functional skills are English, Maths....

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  • What is a GCSE & how does it compare to a Baccalaureate?

    What is a GCSE  & how does it compare to a Baccalaureate?


    Baccalaureates may seem very similar to GCSE's, but they hold differences that are considered better at teaching students in a more all-round, breadth kind of way. In this article I will discuss them, and why you may choose a Baccalaureate degree vs. GCSE education.

    What is a GCSE?

    GCSE stands for the General Certificate of Secondary Education, and usually taken by pupils aged around 14-16 in secondary education. They are studied over the course of two years and after completion, students can decide whether to leave school education or continue on to do their A-Level qualifications. Although you do get to choose most of your GCSE options, there are some compulsory subjects which are known as the core subjects:

    • Maths
    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • Sciences (either single, double or triple sciences)

    There are also some foundation subjects that must be taken:

    • Computing
    • Physical
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  • 7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    Even native English speakers can make unknowing mistakes in their writing. Often times these can be small and innocent mistakes that pass by any reader, but in some cases, even the tiniest of mistakes will go unforgiven. In this article, I'm going to show you 8 great applications to improve your English writing.

    1. Ginger

    Ginger is a quick and easy grammar checker which comes in many forms. On their main website you can paste in some text for a very quick grammatical analysis and it will tell you exactly what is wrong, what it should be, and even suggest alternatives, if the sentence can be reworded better. You can get Ginger for Chrome, and it is also available for Microsoft Office, Safari, Android and iOS systems.

    2. WhiteSmoke

    WhiteSmoke is an online checker with many features and adaptations. It is available for Microsoft Word, Outlook, Windows, iOS, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari. WhiteSmoke contains a translator and dictionary....

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