Functional Skills

Pearson Functional Skills are qualifications in English, Mathematics and Digital that are available in England only from Entry 1 to Level 2. Suitable for learners of all ages, they’re also an accepted part of all Apprenticeship standards in England.

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Functional Skills qualifications

We offer qualifications in English, Mathematics and Digital, comprehensive qualifications for all ages and learner types, that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. 

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

Functional Skills Mathematics

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Functional Skills English

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Digital Functional Skills

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UPDATE: Pearson is now approved to deliver Digital Functional Skills from 6th November 2023.

Legacy qualification

Legacy Functional Skills ICT

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ICT

IMPORTANT: Functional Skills ICT is being replaced by a new qualification called Digital Functional Skills. The last registration date for Functional Skills ICT was the 31 August 2023 and the final external assessment and Standards Verification visit date is the 14 June 2024. The final certification date is the 31 August 2024.

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Important information

Pearson believes it is important to work with our centres and learners to ensure the support and assessment offered around our Functional Skills qualifications comprehensively meets your needs. We will post regular updates on our actions and those of The Regulator. 

Blog

Functional Skills blog

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Pearson's monthly Functional Skills blog focuses on all things Functional Skills including; updates, discussions and outcomes from training events and decisions from the regulator.

This is produced by Post-16 English and Maths Sector Manager Chris Briggs.

Read our lastest blogs here:

January 2024 | Retired past paper usage

View past Functional Skills Insight blogs

Podcast

Functional Skills podcast

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Hosted by Chris Briggs, the Post 16 English and Maths specialist at Pearson, this podcast series focuses on everything post 16 English and Maths with guests from all aspects of the provision.

Listen to our latest podcast:

Creative Writing and Autistic Learners

Listen to past podcast seasons

Webinars

Functional Skills webinars

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Watch our latest webinars discussing updates and delivery support for Functional Skills English and Mathematics qualifications.

Watch our latest webinars:

Festival of Functionality Keynote Address with Jonathan Kay

Functional Skills Maths Lessons Learnt 2021-22

View our Functional Skills video playlist

 

Useful documents

Functional Skills useful documents

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Download and view our useful Functional Skills documents.

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