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Functional Skills Maths and English

What are functional skills maths and English?

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to help learners to develop confidence and fluency in Maths and English.

They give learners practical skills to work in almost any field in everyday life and to help them function more confidently and independently.

Is functional skills the same as GCSE?

Level 1 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade E-D, and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade C-A.

Why are functional skills important?

Having a good knowledge of maths and English are two of the most important skills a person can have. Employers value practical maths and English skills. They value Functional Skills for their practical approach to problem solving and for their flexible assessment.

Do functional skills expire?

Functional Skill qualifications are acceptable regardless of when the qualification was achieved. They have no expiry and the 5 year rule does not apply.

Course content

  • Reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Place value, fractions, problem solving, negative numbers and more

Entry criteria

Non required however you will complete an initial assessment as part of the enrolment and registration process to determine the level that is best for you.

Course date


Attendance details

2 days per week 10:30-4:30

Assessment/exam arrangements

External NCFE exam

Resources or equipment required for your course

Notebooks, ruler, pens, and pencils. *Please Note: PPE will be required for offsite training: Orange Hi Vis Vest, Trousers, Helmet, and Steel Toe Cap Boots

Certification and accreditation details

  • National Award or Certificate in English or Maths (Entry level – Level 2)

Progression options

  • Emplyment
  • Higher levels of Maths and English
  • Higher Education

Career opportunities

Maths and English are required as a minimum qualification for many jobs and careers.

Delivery organisation

London Skills & Development Network (LSDN)

Course venue

2nd Floor,
Suffolk House,
East Entrance,
George Street,
Croydon – CRO  OYN

Contact us

Carol HurdCourse Cordinator
Please contact Carol for more information Tel 020 3784 1294