Functional Skills qualifications support school-age, post-16 and adult learners to apply practical English and maths skills to real-life and vocational contexts.
They are a mandatory element in apprenticeships as well as being stand-alone qualifications in their own right at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1 and Level 2 and can be used as an alternative to GCSE maths and English.
We provided 2.9 million assessments last year, so you’re in very safe hands. The key benefits of using Skills Builder for your Functional Skills initial assessments are:
In September 2019 Functional Skills are being reformed to improve their rigour and relevance. In English, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar without dictionaries or computer aids. At Entry Levels, the teaching of phonics informs the expectations in reading and spelling. In maths, there will be more emphasis on the underpinning knowledge required to solve problems using times tables and working with and without a calculator – 25% of the Functional Skills test will be made up from non-calculator questions. Due to this added rigour, the guided learning hours will increase from 45 to 55 hours.