Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English

The functional skills level 2 is the most popular alternative to a GCSE maths and English qualification as it is equivalent to a grade C or level 4. The level 2 English and maths qualifications enable learners to progress with their studies, life, and careers by helping them to gain entry into University as well as improving employment prospects. Find the best functional skills level 2 support materials on this page.

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What is Functional Skills Level 2?

Functional skills level 2 is a GCSE equivalent that University courses and employers accept as a grade C or level 4. All learners looking to gain access to a further education course must have a level 2 maths and English qualification that is recognised through its formal regulation. At Pass Functional Skills we only offer Ofqual regulated qualifications to ensure that these are accepted everywhere along with free functional skills maths and English level 2 online courses.

Functional skills level 2 courses tend to be much shorter than a full 2 year GCSE course, with some learners completing their studies within a matter of days. You can also take the functional skills exams all year round from your home with online invigilation and at any time including evenings and weekends. This makes the level 2 exams accessible to every learner regardless of location or work commitments. At Pass Functional Skills, we ensure we offer level 2 exams that meet the needs of our learners, which means making them affordable and easy to organise.

Level 2 Revision Materials

From pre-assessments to video tutorials and worksheets, the dedicated functional skills level 2 revision pages have everything you need to help you prepare for your exam. Whether you are in college, school or an adult learner, the revision materials are made accessible for everyone.

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Functional Skills Level 2 Exams

You can book the Ofqual regulated exams through Pass Functional Skills and take the entire qualification from home. The exams are conducted with online invigilation and can be taken through 3 major exam boards, City & Guilds, NCFE and Open Awards.

  • Get into Uni, Nursing, Policing, Apprenticeships & More with this Qualification

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Functional Skills Level 2 Online Courses

If you want to self-study with a fully interactive course that stores your scores and tracks your progress then the following functional skills courses cover everything that comes up in the exam with video tutorials, practice questions, exam questions and mock exams. The recommended study time for a level 2 functional skills course is around 50 hours.

  • Video tutorials, practice questions and mock exams

  • Pre-assessment to determine areas to work on

  • Track your scores and progress

  • L2 maths and English covered for all exam boards

  • Significantly improves pass rates

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What is in the Functional Skills Level 2 Exams?

Functional Skills English Level 2

The functional skills English qualification contains the following exams:

Reading: – This exam is usually 1 hour long and requires you to read a number of different styles of texts and then answer short questions on them, showing that you can analyse texts,  comprehend the intended meaning and identify language features used.

Writing: This exam is usually 1 hour long and requires you to demonstrate your writing abilities in a context that is given in the paper. This may involve writing a piece of persuasive text, a complaint letter or some other type of writing.

Speaking listening and communication: This exam lasts around 1 and half hours and involves preparing a short presentation to share with other learners. You will present for a few minutes, listen to other presentations then have a discussion. You are not marked on the quality of the content of your presentation, simply on your ability to communicate the content and then how you respond and interact with other learners.

Functional Skills Maths Level 2

The level 2 maths exam is 2 hours long and is made up of a non-calculator and calculator section, with the calculator section being worth more marks. You can view the full list of functional skills maths level 2 topics here. These topics are grouped together in three key areas covered in the functional skills maths level 2 online exam. These are:

Using numbers: This section covers the basics of whole numbers, decimals, negative numbers, fractions, and percentages, as well as learning how to convert between them and perform calculations involving them.

Understanding measure, shape, and space: This section covers a larger ranger of topics, from simple 2D and 3D shapes, along with a surface area to using maps and interpreting scale drawings. This section will challenge your problem-solving ability, with these topics wrapped up in everyday scenarios for you to solve.

Handling data:  This section covers the display and interpretation of data in many different formats. The fundamentals of the mean, mode, median, and range will be tested extensively as well as some basic probability graphs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is level 2 maths and English?

Level 2 maths and English, often called functional skills maths level 2 and English are GCSE equivalent qualifications taken by people who need to get into Uni, apply for a job, or complete and apprenticeship.

What are functional skills?

Functional skills are a series of qualifications in maths, English and digital skills. Each of these subjects have 5 levels which are as follows:

  • Entry level 1
  • Entry level 2
  • Entry level 3
  • Functional skills level 1
  • Functional skills level 2

What are level 2 functional skills equivalent to?

Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English is equivalent to a GCSE level 4 or grade C. Functional Skills level 2 qualifications are accepted by employers and universities as GCSE equivalents.

What is the functional skills level 2 pass mark?

This varies from exam to exam and from exam board to exam board, but generally the pass mark for the level 2 maths exam is around 55% and English reading and writing is similar. For the speaking and listening component of English, it is more about demonstrating the key skills rather than achieving a certain percentage. As the level 2 exams are a simple pass or fail, you don’t have to achieve really high marks to achieve the qualification.

Is functional skills easier than GCSE?

Rather than being easier, functional skills are seen as more accessible than the GCSE as the questions are more applicable to real life situations. The other advantages are there is less content to cover and you can sit the exams all year round with fast track results.

Do Universities accept level 2 functional skills?

Yes the majority of Universities accept the level 2 as a GCSE equivalent that enables you to gain entry to courses such as nursing, midwifery and many more.

How long does it take to get exam results?

With Pass Functional Skills you will get your exam results within as little as 1 week of sitting the exam.

What is included in level 2 maths and English?

In level 2 maths, you cover core topics such as fractions, decimals and percentages with very little algebra. In English you have to cover reading, writing and speaking in 3 separate exams. Things you will be tested in include spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension.

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We have a presence in multiple cities across England. All with the aim to ensure that you have the best support possible when taking your Functional Skills Level 2 exams.