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What are Functional Skills?

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PFS Team June 11, 2022

Functional skills are qualifications in Maths, English, and Digital Skills that people require to improve employment chances, and gain access into higher education institutions such as universities. You also need a level 2 qualification in order to complete an apprenticeship. There are a number of functional skills services, but Pass Functional Skills is the only dedicated service to offer a wide range of support from exams to revision materials, ensuring that learners have access to a comprehensive functional skills qualification preparation.

The most popular functional skills courses are Maths and English, as these level 2 qualifications are mandatory for most jobs and university courses. These qualifications are equivalent to a level 4 GCSE (or a C grade in the old grading system). At Pass Functional Skills, we help people of all ages and abilities to achieve their functional skills in Maths and English for both level 1 and level 2.

From free worksheets and resources to full functional skills courses and exams, you can access everything you need for the level 2 qualifications from the following page:

Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2

Some people opt to move through functional skills levels gradually to help them build confidence, starting with level 1. You can book exams and register for level 1 courses from the following page, as well as access a range of free functional skills revision materials.

Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1

Depending on your background and current position, you may be eligible for a funded functional skills course. At Pass Functional Skills, we help thousands of learners every year access funded courses. Complete the following form, and one of our experienced funding team members will be in touch to discuss funding.

Check to see if you are entitled to a free functional skills course by completing the form below:


Functional Skills FAQs

Can you resit a functional skills exam?

Yes, you can resit your functional skills exam as many times as you like, depending on how many exams the exam board has available at that time. You can then wait until new exams are released if needed. Our support team can guide you through the resit process.

Does my university accept this qualification?

A functional skills level 2 qualification will be accepted by universities nationwide, as equivalent to a level 4, or grade C, at GCSE.

Does my employer or provider accept this qualification?

Yes! A functional skills level 2 qualification should be accepted by employers and providers nationwide, as equivalent to a level 4, or grade C, at GCSE.

How do I prepare for my functional skills exam?

The maths functional skills level 2 course and English level 2 course are the best resource if you want to have a higher chance of passing your exam on the first attempt. If you are looking for free revision materials, such as revision pages, practice questions, and worksheets, then follow these links:


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Pass Functional Skills Team

We help thousands of students each year with revision, courses and online exams.