Welcome to the Skipton Tutors functional skills page. Here you will find all the information you require about functional skills from entry level 1 all the way up to level 2.
Functional skills maths and English both start at entry level 1 progressing through entry 2, entry 3, level 1 and level 2. So in total there are 5 levels of functional skills qualifications you can take but it is the level 2 that is the GCSE equivalent that is recognised by universities and employers.
There are different awarding bodies for the functional skills maths and English qualifications. The two largest exam boards by quite a way are edexcel and City and Guilds. The City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualifications are the most popular with hundreds of thousands of people a year taking them. What learners must remember is that all the major exam boards use the same curriculum set by the UK government, so there is no real difference in which exam board you use to complete your qualification. However there are a number of different functional skills courses to consider that offer different features and pricing plans.
The following frequently asked questions are those that Skitpon Tutors have collected over the years we have supported people for the functional skills qualifications.
What is a functional skills qualification?
Functional skills enables learners to improve their maths and English skills in real life contexts. The level 2 qualifications are also very useful for those who do not have a GCSE to grade C or level 4.
What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE?
The difference between functional skills and GCSE is the amount of content within the exams and also the contexts. GCSE exams can be more abstract whereas functional skills are applied to more real life situations and as a result learners find the content more relatable and easier to learn.
Is functional skills easier than GCSE?
The functional skills exams are different to GCSE but equivalent, Some people consider them as easier simply because they are less contextualised and more relatable to real life situations.
How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?
The length of time taken to complete a functional skills qualification varies from person to person and is often determined by the learners base knowledge. At Skipton Tutors we assess each learner as an individual and devise a specific learning programme for them.
Can functional skills get you a Job?
Yes the level 2 qualifications are a GCSE equivalent and consequently enhance employment prospects. They can also enable learners to gain access into higher education courses.
What is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?
The pass marks for functional skills exams vary depending on the difficulty of the papers. As a guide the level 2 maths qualifications are often around 50-60% to pass the exam but this can change.
Can I get a free functional skills exam?
Some functional skills courses are funded by the government and therefore are free for the learner. However, these are usually only for those in full time education and aged 19 or under. There are some adult funded routes through apprenticeships programmes but these are few and far between. Most people will need to fund their course and qualification themselves. For the cheapest online English functional skills exams, use MME.
Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?
Yes MME offers online functional skills maths level 2 exams.