Functional Skills

Ilkley Tuition provides functional skills exams in maths and English. This page will provide you with details about this exam. There are 5 levels and the final level is the GCSE equivalent qualification. The levels are as followed, entry level 1, entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and level 2.

The Levels

The 5 levels are entry level 1, entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and level 2 for both the maths and English functional skills. The level 2 qualification is the GCSE equivalent and this is the qualification that is recognised by universities.

Exam Boards

The two main exam boards for functional skills are Edexcel and the City and Guilds. The City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualifications is the main exam board and have thousands of people taking the exam. The curriculum that all exam boards use is set by the government therefore there is little to no difference between them. But there are different functional skills courses, so it is beneficial to consider all of the courses and what they offer.

 

Below, we have answered the most frequently asked questions. We hope these answer any of your questions you may have about the functional skills qualifications. 

FAQs

What is a functional skills qualification?

The functional skills qualification helps learners to increase their knowledge in English and maths, to then apply what they have learnt to everyday life. A GCSE pass grade is C/4. If you didn’t achieve this grade then functional skills,level 2 is useful.

 

Is there a difference between functional skills and GCSE?

Yes there is a difference, the GCSE exam has more contents that you will need to learn before the exam. The topics in functional skills use real life situations to make it more relatable for the learner compared to GCSE exams.

 

Is GCSE exams harder than functional skills exams?

The GCSE exams could be harder depending on the person. The GCSE questions are more contextualised whereas the functional skills are more relatable.

 

How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?

Each learner is different depending on their knowledge and the amount of time they have to learn. We provide a programme that is specific to each learner that will help understand how long it will take.

 

Can a functional skills qualification be used when applying for a job?

Yes of course it can. The level 2 qualification is the best out of the levels since it is a GCSE equivalent.

 

For the functional skills exam, what is the pass mark?

This can change depending on how difficult the paper is but it is on average around 50-60% but it can change.

 

Is there funding for the functional skills exam?

The government does fund some of the functional skills courses but not everyone meets their criteria. If you are older than 19 then you won’t get any funding from the government but you can apply through other programmes such as apprenticeships for funding. MME provides the cheapest online English functional skills exams.

 

Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?

Yes of course you can, MME offers online functional skills maths level 2 exams for learners.