Maths and English Courses

Do you need to resit your GCSE Maths and GCSE English? Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications are the equivalent of a GCSE pass grade. Functional Skills Level 2 are maths and English courses for adults.

Why retake your maths and English GCSEs?

We’ve helped 1,000s of adults retake their maths and English GCSEs. The most common reason our students chose to study with us is they wanted to pass their courses quickly.

A maths and English GCSE pass grade or equivalent is essential for people who want to;

  • Access higher education
  • Enrol on an apprenticeship
  • Go to University
  • Apply for a job that requires GCSE English and maths pass grades

The support of our friendly and experienced maths tutors and English tutors helped them pass quickly.

Maths and English Assessment

There are 5 qualifications available for Functional Skills Maths and English. Entry Level 1, 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

The maths and English assessment has two parts, 1) the Initial Assessment and, 2) the Diagnostic Assessment.


Maths and English Initial Assessment


The initial assessment will find out your working level. Entry Level 1, 2 or 3, Level 1 or Level 2.


Maths and English Diagnostic Assessment


The second part of the assessment is the Diagnostic Assessment. This is skills test to find out your strengths and weaknesses in maths and English.

We use the information from the Diagnostic Assessment to make a personal learning plan.

It is also used to help track your learning progress.

Functional Skills Maths and English Qualifications

Entry Level 1, 2 & 3 Qualifications

Entry level qualifications are for people who haven’t been in education for a long time. They provide support and training to prepare students for Level 1 and Level 2.

This is similar to having:

  • 1 GCSE below grade G or 1
  • Foundation learning entry level

Maths and English Level 1 Qualification

  • Equivalent to GCSE grades 1 to 3 (D to G in old GCSE grading system)
  • NVQ Level 1
  • GNVQ Foundation
  • Key skills level 1
  • Functional Skills level 1
  • QCF level 1
  • RQF level 1

Maths and English Level 2 Qualification

  • Equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C in old GCSE grading system)
  • NVQ Level 2
  • GNVQ Intermediate
  • Key skills level 2
  • QCF level 2
  • RQF level 2