Hey, sorry if this is in the wrong place, but at my new college, we HAVE to do Key Skills. What are they? All ive heard from people is that they dont really count for anything (Uni wise). Anyone else doing/done them?
Some unis accept it, but few top ones do, you need to check on UCAS.
I don't HAVE to do them, but have chosen IT key skills level 2 as an easy option, since they make you do a fourth subject in your final year.
It can't harm you to have it...
Key Skills is a joke, the "exam" takes place in the library, where people can consult books, or request help from friends.
Lil_J - as I said above you will need to have some sample work that will demonstrate some parts of the 'application of number' key skills.
An example is shown below (from AQA):
N3.1 - Plan, and interpret information from two different types of sources,
including a large data set.
Evidence must show you can:
• plan how to obtain and use the information required to meet the
purpose of your activity;
• obtain the relevant information; and
• choose appropriate methods for obtaining the results you need
and justify your choice.
Basically, you will need to collect evidence in the bullet points to meet N3.1. You would need to do the same for the other N3.2 and N3.3, etc, but with different evidence. After you compiled your portfolio with the evidence of N3.1, N3.2, and N3.3, hand it in and pass your A-level Math exam, and you would pass the key skills exam.
I believe its a complete waste of time. I'm doing maths already and have to do application of number. It takes about an hour per week of lesson time, and maybe a little homework, but that time could be used more efficiently on my other subjects.
At york college we had to do Key Skills in the 1st year - what a waste of time.
We had to do a multiple choice IT paper and prepare a portfolio of work and do an english exam and another portfolio. I did the exams but not the portfolios.
No Uni worth its salt seems to accept the ucas points you get from key skills... so i just bunked off the lessons. (Not recommendin this as a course of action)
I'm doing key skills numeracy, which, apparently, level 3 in this is equivalent to an 'A' in GCSE higher tier maths. Lot of coursework apparently, but hey, only 1 period a week.