Manchester Tutor Company offers support in maths and English functional skills. This page should offer you information about the functional skills qualification.

The Levels

There are different levels in the functional skills qualifications for both maths and English which the last level is the GCSE equivalent qualification. There are 5 levels for both of them. The levels are entry level 1, entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. Universities only accept functional skills level 2.

Exam Boards

The City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualifications is one of the most taken exams since there are hundreds of thousands of exams taken per year. City and Guilds is also one of the biggest exam boards that provides math and English functional skills qualifications. Learners need to look at all of the different functional skills courses that are provided before considering sitting the exam. All of the exam boards use the same curriculum since the UK government has set it for them.

Below are the most frequently asked questions that we believe will help you understand more about the functional skills qualifications.


What is a functional skills qualification?
Functional skills enables learners to improve their maths and English skills in real life contexts. The level 2 qualifications are also very useful for those who do not have a GCSE to grade C or level 4.

What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE?
The difference between functional skills and GCSE is the amount of content within the exams and also the contexts. GCSE exams can be more abstract whereas functional skills are applied to more real life situations and as a result learners find the content more relatable and easier to learn.

Is functional skills easier than GCSE?
The functional skills exams are different to GCSE but equivalent, Some people consider them as easier simply because they are less contextualised and more relatable to real life situations.

How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?
The length of time taken to complete a functional skills qualification varies from person to person and is often determined by the learners base knowledge. At Skipton Tutors we assess each learner as an individual and devise a specific learning programme for them.

Can functional skills get you a Job?
Yes the level 2 qualifications are a GCSE equivalent and consequently enhance employment prospects. They can also enable learners to gain access into higher education courses.

What is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?
The pass marks for functional skills exams vary depending on the difficulty of the papers. As a guide the level 2 maths qualifications are often around 50-60% to pass the exam but this can change.

Can I get a free functional skills exam?
Some functional skills courses are funded by the government and therefore are free for the learner. However, these are usually only for those in full time education and aged 19 or under. There are some adult funded routes through apprenticeships programmes but these are few and far between. Most people will need to fund their course and qualification themselves. For the cheapest online English functional skills exams, use MME.

Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?
Yes MME offers online functional skills maths level 2 exams.

Additional Support

If you have any other questions about Functional Skills, or simply want to discuss related topics, feel free to have a look at the Functional Skills Support Group on Facebook, where you can discuss Functional Skills exams with other learners and tutors to help solve problems together.

With regards to other providers of the Functional Skills, we also recommend Pass Functional Skills as an excellect provider for exams.