Functional Skills

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are qualifications that have been developed by the UK Government as part of an initiative to improve literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in England.

There are Entry Levels 1-3, followed by Levels 1 and 2. 

  • Entry levels give learners the basics in maths and English that you would use in everyday life.                                
  • Level 1 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade E-D (2-3)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade C-A*(4-9)

How long do Functional Skills qualifications take to complete?

In respect of Functional Skills and Apprenticeships you will be expected to complete the required Functional Skills maths and/or English qualifications alongside your apprenticeship, with these to be completed within the agreed timescale of your particular chosen apprenticeship.