Welcome to our page. The information below will give you an insight into the functional skills qualification for both English and maths.

The Levels

The functional skills maths and English exams have 5 levels that you progress through to get to the final level. The final level out of the 5 levels is the GCSE equivalent qualification. The first level is entry level 1, the second is entry level 2, the third is entry level 3, the fourth is level 1and the fifth is level 2. The level 2 qualification is the qualification you need if you are applying to university and employers prefer this level.

Exam Boards

There are different exam boards and awarding bodies that provide maths and English functional skills exams for learners. The City and Guilds is not of the largest exam boards so it’s no brainer that the City and Guilds functional skills level 2 is popular. However, the curriculum that the majority of the exam boards follow is set by the government so there is no difference between the materials that you have to learn. There are loads of different functional skills courses that have small differences between them.

Leeds Maths Tutors have accumulated previous questions to help answer them for you so you have a better understanding about the functional skills qualifications.


What is a level 2 functional skills qualification?
This is a GCSE equivalent qualification but only once you have achieved the level 2. If you require a GCSE grade C/4 or a GCSE equivalent qualification for higher education or a job, then this is an option for you.

If there is any differences, what are they?
A GCSE exam has more content within it that you have to learn and functional skills exams use situations that you can relate to as the questions. These two things are the biggest differences between the exams.

Is GCSE exam easier or the functional skills exam?
Some people find the GCSE exams easier because they are contextualised but others find the functional skills exam easier because it is less contextualised so it depends on the individual’s preference.

How long does it take to complete a functional skills level 2 qualification?
The time it takes to complete a functional skills qualification is different for everyone since there are other factors you have to take into account such as what knowledge you already have but Leeds Maths Tutors will provide you with a programme to follow.

Will the functional skills qualification help me get a Job?
The functional skills qualification at level 2 should definitely help to get you a job since it is a GCSE equivalent.

What percentage is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?
The mark that you have to achieve to pass the exam changes depending on the difficulty but it is often around 50-60%.

How can I get a free functional skills exam?
Some people can get a free functional skills exam since the government funds the functional skills course. However if you can’t get funding from the government because you don’t fit their requirements such as being 19 or younger, then you can go down the apprenticeships programmes route. The cheapest and best provider for exams is MME and they have online English functional skills exams that you can take.

Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?
There are maths exams that you can take. MME is one of the providers that supplies online functional skills maths level 2 exams.

Additional Support

For those who are looking for further support and help when it comes to preparing for the Functional Skills exam, look no further than the Functional Skills Support Group on Facebook. Here, both tutors and other learners exchange ideas and collaborate in order to help best prepare for their upcoming exams. So if you have a question, feel free to visit.

If you are looking to sit the Functional Skills exam, but are unsure who to sit with, we can also recommend Pass Functional Skills as a leading provider.