Hello, welcome to our functional skills page where you will find information about the different levels, questions that have been answered and different exam boards that supply functional skills.

The Levels

There are 5 levels for the functional skills qualification and they pass through the levels the same for both the maths and English exams. The levels are entry level 1, entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. The GCSE equivalent qualification is level 2 and this is the level you need to apply for higher education courses.

Exam Boards

There are many exam boards and awarding bodies that supply functional skills qualification. Two of the biggest exam boards that provide these exams are Edexcel and City and Guilds. The most popular exams are the City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualifications. However, don’t worry about picking which exam board to sit the exam with, the government sets the curriculum so there is little to no difference. The functional skills courses have small differences which you might want to look at.

The questions below that have been answered by our team are there to help you have a better understanding of the functional skills qualifications.


Can you describe what a functional skills qualification is?
If you are looking for a GCSE equivalent qualification then functional skills is one of them that you can achieve to apply for higher education courses.

What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE?
Functional skills have less content compared to the GCSE exams and functional skills questions are more relatable since they are day to day scenarios.

Is GCSE exam harder than the functional skills exam?
This depends on the individual learner and what they find easy. If you find questions that you can relate to easier then the functional skills are better suited to you.

How long will it take someone to complete the functional skills qualification?
Newcastle Tutor Company creates programmers for each learner and we look at the learners background such as what knowledge they already have, to know how long it will take you.

Will employers accept the level 2 functional skills qualification?
This qualification at level 2 is a GCSE equivalent therefore employers will accept it, yes.

What mark do I need to pass the functional skills exams?
The pass mark isn’t a set mark, it is always changing depending on the difficulty of the paper but it is around 50-60%.

Can I get a free functional skills exam or is there any funding for the exam?
The government has funding for some of the functional skills courses but if you don’t meet the requirements such as being over 19, then you won’t get funding for the functional skills course. There are some apprenticeships programmes that offer funding but if you aren’t successful then MME is the cheapest provider out there. They can offer you the online English functional skills exams.

Can I take an online maths functional skills level 2 exam?
There is an online functional skills maths level 2 exams that you can take and MME also provides this exam as well.