Functional Skills

Powerful, personalised resources for Functional Skills

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Functional Skills

Enhanced assessment support to enable learner success 

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 and to the ability to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in other real life situations.

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.

Pearson's Approach

  • Pearson's approach to Functional Skills surrounds the ideals of assessment, feedback and support.
  • The assessments are flexible and designed to suit the needs of your learners.
  • The feedback is designed to support your learners' progression.
  • The support is designed to support your centre's and learners' needs. 

Our promises

We offer qualifications in English, maths and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

Find out more about our qualifications, who they’re for and how they’re assessed

Initial Assessment Tool

The IAT has been developed to help screen a learner’s existing skills providing an indication of learner’s ability and helping you to decide which level of Functional Skills they should study.

Find out more about the Initial Assessment Tool

A range of improved assessment, delivery and administration support services that enable you to tailor learning plans to target individual and cohort weaknesses.

Teaching Support

We provide an extensive range of free resources to help you plan and deliver, saving you valuable preparation time and making it easy to find the right material.

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We run a variety of training events to support you in your delivery of Functional Skills.

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