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Evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of functional skills in your specialist area

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Unit 1 preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4 Theory question 5 Evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of functional skills in your specialist area Functional Skills are the core elements of English, Maths and ICT tailored for use in real world situations that the students will meet on a daily basis. They are key to success in a working environment and pave the way to further learning. In all subjects, the ability for students to have an understanding of both English and Maths is imperative and now more than ever ICT is developing as a foundation within a large percentage of businesses. ...read more.


At its most basic, a student will have to count 4 beats to a bar, from that they can then count the changes on the 16th or the 32nd bar. Their understanding of ICT and English would develop through having to name parts within a composition and being introduced to new techniques. Geoff Petty suggests teaching new vocabulary in groups aids learning (Petty, 1998). By utilising the VAK system of learning, students will be able to see, hear, put in to practise and reflect on what they have learnt, there by retaining a far greater amount than if they had just be explained a process (Kolb, 1984) ...read more.


Geoff Petty points out that in a class of 'mixed ability' students, it is better to choose open tasks, allowing them to explore various possibilities, as opposed to closed tasks, as this suits both the able and moderately able students alike. (Petty, 1998) The University of Liverpool states that Functional/Key Skills are viewed as implicit rather than explicit and would not be assessed separately from the other component with a Music Degree (University of Liverpool 2009). By analysing the individual elements of Functional Skill within Music Technology, it soon becomes apparent that they are embedded in all stages and allow the student to learn and develop their skills within an environment that they can understand. ...read more.

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