What are functional skills?

Functional skills are qualifications in maths, English and ICT that people require to improve employment chances and gain access into higher education such as University. You also need a level 2 qualification in order to complete an apprenticeship.


What are functional skills qualifications used for?

The most popular functional skills are maths and English as these level 2 qualifications are mandatory for most jobs and University courses. Therefore most people complete a functional skills qualification to progress their career. Examples of this are those who want to go into nursing, policing or other professional careers.


What are the functional skills grades and pass marks?

The functional skills are a pass or fail qualification, meaning you are not awarded a specific grade. As long as you get the pass mark or above you will be awarded the qualification. The pass mark for each exam can vary depending on its difficulty but generally they tend to vary between 50%-60%.


How do I register for a functional skills qualification?

You register by contacting an Ofqual regulated exam center such as Pass Functional Skills. These will then be able to onboard you, get you set up with the correct course materials and ensure that your certificate at the end is universally recognised by employers and University course providers.


At Skipton Tutors we aim to provide a first class service and help learners to keep informed about what qualifications are suitable for them and what these qualifications will enable them to do. If you are looking for a functional skills tutor in Skipton, or you need any advice regarding the functional skills qualifications, then please get in touch.


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