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Functional Skills

The complete package for English and maths 

We’re committed to helping learners achieve in Functional Skills, equipping them for the next step in their learning, lives and careers. 

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills qualifications are key to building foundations for learners to progress into their specialist skillsets. These subjects are a vital part of the entry/exit requirement for vocational study, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Positioned as an alternative to the GCSE route, Functional Skills offer learners a vocational pathway into English and maths with the flexibility to sit their assessment all year round.

Why choose us for Functional Skills?

We will support you from start to finish with a range of flexible online learning tools and qualifications with remote delivery options. Our initial skills assessment and diagnostic tools, alongside our full suite of high-quality Functional Skills qualifications, will help to ensure engagement, success and achievement for your learners.

On-demand assessment

Both paper-based and online assessment are available on-demand. This means you can choose a date and time that suits each of your learners.

  • Online: can be booked same day as registration and open for up to 42 days for flexibility.
  • Paper-based: can be booked five working days before assessment date with 24 hours of flexibility either side.
  • Remote invigilation (online): can be booked 48 hours before start date and sat within a 42-day window at any time and on any day.
Initial assessment in 30 minutes

Our One Assessment tool can deliver an accurate initial assessment for both English and maths in 30 minutes, so you can identify your learners’ levels and skills gaps in a single assessment.

Free support package for staff

Benefit from onboarding and curriculum support from our in-house Provider Development team. Our English and maths specialists deliver free CPD sessions, webinars and events to support you in your Functional Skills delivery. Plus, we offer bespoke booking system for training for exam staff and tailored training for skills assessment and diagnostic tools.

Full suite of teaching resources

We provide interactive teaching and learning resources for all levels that includes schemes of work, session plans, PowerPoints, videos, individual skills plans and more.

Plus, free online learner feedback reports, no charge for a first re-sit per assessment, and free transfer of Direct Claim Status (DCS).

Our Functional Skills qualifications
English Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2
English Entry Level 1/2/3

Functional Skills English qualifications enable learners to develop confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, English. Learners will be able to competently use English in the real world and gain a sound grasp of basic English knowledge and skills. They also help learners progress into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life. They’re suitable for a range of learners and are fundamental for completing various qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

The Department for Education (DfE) sets content for Functional Skills qualifications. Visit QualHub for the Functional Skills criteria list.

View English Entry Level 1 on QualHub  

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View English Level 1 on QualHub 

View English Level 2 on QualHub 

Maths Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2
Maths Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2

Functional Skills maths qualifications enable learners to gain confidence in using mathematics. They provide a foundation for learners to progress into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life. Learners will show a sound grasp of the basic and underpinning maths skills for each level, and apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations.

The Department for Education (DfE) sets content for Functional Skills qualifications. Visit QualHub for the Functional Skills criteria list.

View maths Entry Level 1 on QualHub 

View maths Entry Level 2 on QualHub 

View Maths Entry Level 3 on QualHub  

 

View Maths Level 1 on QualHub 

View Maths Level 2 on QualHub 

ICT Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2
ICT Entry Level 1/2/3

Entry Level ICT Functional Skills are ideal for learners wishing to develop practical, transferable skills in ICT in order to work confidently, effectively and independently. They’re suitable for a range of learners and are fundamental for completing various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning. Learners can apply the skills they learn to scenarios in the workplace and everyday life.

Ofqual sets content for Functional Skills qualifications. Visit QualHub for the Functional Skills criteria list.

View ICT Entry Level 1 on QualHub 

View ICT Entry Level 2 on QualHub 

View ICT Entry Level 3 on QualHub 

 

View ICT Level 1 on QualHub 

View ICT Level 2 on QualHub 

Update to Functional Skills dispensation for Level 2 apprentices

The Department for Education has announced the end of the suspension of the Level 2 Functional Skills dispensation for Level 2 apprentices. In 2022, apprentices must attempt to undertake a Level 2 Functional Skills exam once more.

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This page is for centres looking for information about offering Functional Skills. If you are a learner find your nearest centre on QualHub

 

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I joined the college and gained Functional Skills in maths and English, as well qualifications in Sport, Exercise Studies and Employability. Completing these NCFE qualifications has helped build my confidence by giving me the opportunity to gain work experience and develop my skills.

Jack Tear, Albion in the Community