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Are you struggling with your GCSE qualifications, do you require these qualifications to gain employment and progress in your chosen career. If so contact us and we can book you onto our courses in Manchester and Birmingham, the courses are running on a weekly basis starting from £85 pp per course, including mentoring and examinations. English and Maths at GCSE Level 2 is required for QTLS. Contact us for further details on how we can assist you to achieve these alternative qualifications by calling our office on 020-3397-4548 or email us at [email protected]

  • NCFE FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATION IN ENGLISH AT LEVEL 2 (GCSE Equivalent A-C)
  • NCFE FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATION IN Maths AT LEVEL 2 (GCSE Equivalent A-C)
  • NCFE FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATION IN ICT AT LEVEL 2 (GCSE Equivalent A-C)

This qualification is suitable for candidates aged 14 and above. The NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2 is an ideal qualification for candidates wishing to develop practical, transferable skills in English in order to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. It is suitable for a wide range of individuals and is fundamental to the successful completion of various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are the essential skills needed for English, maths and ICT, and are vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work. They were introduced in September 2010 and officially replaced Key Skills in England in October 2012.

Problem solving is at the heart of Functional Skills; they require the learner to apply their knowledge and understanding in a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. Functional Skills 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.

An intermediate apprenticeship requires the achievement of Functional Skills at Level 1 in English and maths and, depending on the vocational programme, ICT.  An advanced apprenticeship requires a Level 2 achievement in Functional Skills in both English and maths, and ICT depending on the course.

Level 1 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade E-D, and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade C-A*. This includes GCSEs obtained from summer 2012 onwards with an Enhanced Functional Content (EFC).  Equivalencies for the new 1-9 GCSE have not yet been published.

Functional Skills are currently under review to ensure their continued rigour and academic currency alongside the new GCSE. However, results from the reform programme have been put back until 2019.