FREE Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths

If you are 16-29 and looking to gain skills all employers value, yet were unable to gain English and Maths GCSE qualifications at school, this course is the course for you.

Our functional skills qualifications are Ofqual regulated and are universally accepted by employers and colleges and will greatly improve your chances of further education and employment.

Level up and improve your chances of further education and employment

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are fundamental skills people need for their working lives and are a widely accepted alternative to GCSEs.

Functional Skills in Maths and English qualifications are FREE to 16-29 year-olds, Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET), and who do not already have a GCSEs in these subjects or higher than a Level 1 in Functional Skills.

Demonstrating your skills in Maths and English should always be something you highlight on your CV. We use them in almost every task we do, whether that’s writing a social media post, composing an email, or calculating how much we spend on groceries.

With functional skills qualifications in maths and English, you’ll be reading, writing, and communicating with more authority and efficiency.

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What you’ll learn on these courses

In this course, you will gain essential knowledge, abilities and understanding that will boost your confidence, independence and everyday communication skills.

Functional Skills English

You will develop a clear understanding of:

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Sentence structure
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • And much more


Functional Skills Maths

You will develop a clear understanding of:

  • Fractions
  • Unitary method
  • Percentages
  • And much more

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More about Functional Skills Courses

What is a Functional Skills qualification?

Functional Skills are essential qualifications that provide students with the foundational skills they need to advance their learning and can improve your chances of finding a job.

They are generally seen as an alternative to the GCSE route, offering a vocational pathway into English and mathematics.


Are Functional Skills qualification easier than an GCSE?

While there are many similarities between Functional Skills qualifications and GCSEs, Functional Skills are better suited to students who prefer an alternative to traditional based learning and assessments.

Generally speaking, Functional Skills qualifications involve a more streamlined approach to learning. The courses cover more practical topics making the subjects easier to apply to real life scenarios. As a result, students tend to find them less challenging than GCSEs.

However, Functional Skills qualifications are widely recognised by employers, universities and other institutions as valid qualifications.


Will a Functional Skills qualification help me find a job?

Gaining a Functional Skills qualification can provide you with the knowledge and skills to make you more job ready.

This type of qualification will equip you with the basics for working in any occupation, whether it’s customer service, administration or specialist roles such as engineering or project management. By demonstrating your abilities through successful completion of this qualification, employers will be more confident in your abilities and be better able to assess how well you could fit into a job role.

Boost Your Career with Functional Skills Qualifications

Current courses

To register your interest in attending one of our free functional skills courses, select the course from the list below and select register for event on the course event page.

Those wanting to enrol will need to conduct a pre-assessment prior to starting the course. Funded bus travel is also available for those that need assistance with transport.



Future courses

Register for future Functional Skills in Maths and English courses using the form below.

Cost: FREE to qualifying candidates

Functional Skills qualifications are nationally recognised qualifications

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