About Functional Skills

Find out what Functional Skills qualifications are, who they’re for and how they’re assessed.

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What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

Edexcel Functional Skills are available in England only from Entry 1 to Level 2. Suitable for learners of all ages, they’re also a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.

How are Edexcel Functional Skills assessed?

Functional Skills assessment can be either onscreen or paper-based.

This table summarises how Edexcel Functional Skills are assessed:

What support is available to help me deliver Edexcel Functional Skills?

There's a comprehensive range of support, including a wide range of teaching and learning materials, training and podcasts, and an online Initial Assessment Tool.

Where can I find out more?

For more detailed information, see the individual subject pages or read our FAQs