This is Glasgow Tutor company functional skills page that will provide you with great details about the functional skills qualification. You will understand functional skills better such as the entry level 1 up to level 2.

The Levels

Both the English and maths functional skills exam at art at entry level 1 and follow the same process. After entry level 1 the next is entry level 2, then entry level 3, level 1 and the last level is level 2. Out of the 5 levels, the level 2 is the GCSE equivalent. Universities and most employers only accept this qualification if you have the level 2.

Exam Boards

Many awarding bodies offer the functional skills qualification for both maths and English. The two biggest exam boards are Edexcel and City and Guilds. The qualification that has hundreds of thousands of learners sitting each per year is the City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualification. This is the most popular exam that is taken. There are different functional skills courses that have minor differences such as the pricing plans but most of the exam boards are the same since the curriculum that is set for them is by the government, therefore the qualification is the same.

Below we compiled the most frequently asked questions to help you understand functional skills and help support you.


What is a functional skills level 2 qualification?
The functional skills qualification level 2 is a GCSE equivalent qualification that will help increase your knowledge in English and maths.

How is the functional skills exam different to the GCSE exam?
A difference that is important when deciding which one is the GCSE exams have more context that you need to know and the functional skills exam questions are different since they use everyday life experiences as the questions.

Which out of the two exams is easier?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question since it’s individual. If you prefer everyday experiences as questions where you can relate to what is happening in the question then you might find functional skills easier.

How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?
Again this is individual since it depends on the learner. Glasgow Tutor Company puts a programme together for each learner and they are all specific to each person. This programme will help to understand when you will complete the qualification.

Do employers accept this qualification?
Yes the functional skills qualification can get you a job, especially since the qualification is a GCSE equivalent.

What is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?
The pass mark is 50-60% normally but this can change especially if it was a difficult paper that you have taken.

Is there any funding that I can apply for?
There are a few people who can get funding for the functional skills courses however if you don’t meet the criteria such as being older than 19, then you have to fund the course yourself or you can apply through apprenticeships programmes. MME is an exam provider that offers the cheapest exam functional skills online exams for English.

Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?
Yes you can take an exam, MME provides an online functional skills maths level 2 exams.