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This page will supply you with information for the functional skills qualification. The English and maths qualification progresses through the levels the same way.

The Levels

There are 5 levels for both English and maths functional skills qualification. The level starts at entry level 1 and then goes entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. The Functional Skills Level 2 is the GCSE equivalent qualification that you need if you want to apply for university courses.

Functional skills qualifications demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the relevant subject The 3 entry grades provide a foundation to take the higher level exams. The functional skills level 2 exam is equivalent to a GCSE grade C or level 4. Pass Functional Skills provide Ofqual- regulated exams and dedicated revision material that will help you prepare for your exam. functional skills maths level 2 and functional skills English level 2 qualifications are required to get into university courses and higher education

Exam Boards

There are many different awarding bodies that offer qualifications in English and maths functional skills. City and Guild is one of the largest exam boards that provide functional skills level 2 qualifications. This qualification is popular since there are thousands of people every year that sit this exam. The UK government sets the curriculum for every exam board, so there isn’t any difference between them. There is both a Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Course and a Functional Skills English Level 2 Course available to purchase from our partner at Pass Functional Skills. Additionally, to assist in your revision, you also have access to Functional Skills Past Papers for preparation, free of charge. Both Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Past Papers and Functional Skills English Level 2 Past Papers can be found on the Pass Functional Skills website.


York Private Tutors have collected information over the years and below are the most frequently asked questions. We hope this helps to provide information about the functional skills qualifications. 

The Functional Skills Level 2 exams are available for purchase here:

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Online Exam

Functional Skills English Level 2 Online Exam


What is a functional skills qualification?

A functional skills level 2 qualification is a GCSE equivalent qualification. The learner will increase their knowledge in maths and English.


Is there any differences between the functional skills and GCSE exams?

Yes there is a difference between the two exams. The main difference between them is functional skills is more applying your knowledge to real life situations whereas GCSE exams are abstract.


Is functional skills easier than GCSE?

Some people think that the functional skills exam is easier since the questions focus on real life examples however the GCSE exams are more contextualised.


How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?

York Private Tutors will create a programme for each learner and depending on their knowledge, would be taken into account. There isn’t a specific time, it is different for each learner on how long it takes.


Can the functional skills qualification be used when applying for a job?

This qualification can be used since it is a GCSE equivalent qualification. It can also be used when applying for university.


What is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?

The mark varies but it is normally around 50-60% depending on how difficult the test is, but the pass mark can always change.


Can I get a free functional skills level 2 exam?

If you are older than 19 then there are some routes such as apprenticeships programmes since you don’t meet the UK government's criteria. If you are under 19 then some functional skills courses get funded by the government. MME provides you with the cheapest online English functional skills exams.


Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?

Yes you can take this exam, MME provides online functional skills maths level 2 exams.


For those who still have any questions they need answering that were not included in the FAQs, or simply want to discuss related topics, then we can highly recommend that you look at the Functional Skills Support Group on Facebook. Here, like-minded students and tutors collaborate and share ideas in order to support each other pass their Functional Skills exams.

If you are looking to take a Functional Skills exam, but would like to sit with a different provider, we can also recommend Pass Functional Skills as a provider of Functional Skills exams.

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