Welcome to the Bradford Tutor Company Functional Skills page. You will find all the information required about functional skills from entry level 1 to level 2. Here you can also book a tutor using this service. We provide expert functional skills English and maths Level 2 tutors with excellent pass rates, as with all of our tutors our functional skills team are qualified, experienced and here to help you pass!

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The Levels

There are 5 different levels that it progresses through for both the maths and English functional skills qualification. The levels start at entry level 1, then entry level 2, entry level 3, level 1 and the last level is level 2. The last level is the GCSE equivalent that is recognised by employers and establishments such as universities.

Functional skills qualifications demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of maths and English. The 3 entry grades provide a foundation to take the higher level exams. The functional skills level 2 exam is equivalent to a GCSE grade C or level 4. Pass Functional Skills provide Ofqual regulated exams  and quality revision material to prepare you for your exam. Functionals skills maths level 2 and functional skills English level 2 qualifications are required to get into university courses and higher education.

Level 2 Exams


There are different awarding bodies for the functional skills maths and English qualifications. The two largest exam boards by quite a way are edexcel and City and Guilds. The City and Guilds functional skills level 2 qualifications are the most popular with hundreds of thousands of people a year taking them. What learners must remember is that all the major exam boards use the same curriculum set by the UK government, so there is no real difference in which exam board you use to complete your qualification. However there are a number of different functional skills courses to consider that offer different features and pricing plans. 

The following frequently asked questions are those that Skipton Tutors have collected over the years we have supported people for the functional skills qualifications.

You can access the level 2 exams from the following pages:
Functional skills maths level 2 online exam
Functional skills English level online exam


What is a functional skills qualification?
A GCSE equivalent qualification that you can require if you are applying for university or employment. This qualification is mainly for people who didn’t successfully achieve a level 4 or grade C in their GCSEs.

Is functional skills easier than GCSE?
This is subjective since it depends on what sort of questions you would rather have, for example if real life examples are the questions then you might find functional skills easier.

What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE?
The difference between GCSE exams and functional skills exams is there is some more content in the GCSE exams that you will need to learn.

Can functional skills get you a Job?
The level 2 qualification is accepted by employers so the answer is yes you can.

How long does it take to complete a functional skills qualification?
This isn’t easy to answer since there isn’t a set time that most people complete it in, it all depends on the individual learner but we will have a programme for you to follow.
The level 2 qualification is accepted by employers so the answer is yes you can.

What is the pass mark for the functional skills exams?
This is another difficult question to answer because it changes, on average it is around 50-60% but this could change depending on the paper and how difficult it is.

Can I take an online functional skills maths level 2 exam?
There is an option for you to take this exam, MME can provide you with the online functional skills maths level 2 exams.

Can I get a free functional skills exam?
You might be able to get a free functional skills exam. The government funds people who are in full time education or are 19 or younger. However if you are older, the government doesn’t fund the functional skills courses for you but you can apply through apprenticeships programmes to see if you can get some help. Otherwise the cheapest exam provider is MME and provides online English functional skills exams as well as other exams.

Additional Support

If you still have any questions that need answering that were not included in the FAQs, or simply want to discuss related topics with other learners, then feel free to visit the Functional Skills Support Group on Facebook. Here, like-minded students and tutors collaborate and share ideas in order to support each other pass their Functional Skills exams.

If you are looking to take a Functional Skills exam, but would like to sit with a different provider, we can also recommend Pass Functional Skills for their outstanding service.