Functional skills are fundamental qualifications in English, Maths and ICT. Functional skills courses apply knowledge and learning to everyday scenarios, giving you the practical skills needed for your work and personal life. Many people study functional skills courses to get a place at university or apply for a new job if they don’t have their GCSEs.

What levels are there?

There are five levels of functional skills; Entry Level 1, 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2. Entry-level 1- 3 are equivalent to below GCSE level, they can be the first step in moving up to a level 1 or 2 course. Level 1 is equivalent to grades E-D at GCSE and Level 2 is equivalent to an A-C grade. Level 2 is the highest functional skills qualification there is.

Why do I need them?

Many people use functional skills to get into university. Most universities accept level 2 functional skills as an alternative to GCSEs. (We always recommend to check, with the university you are applying for, that they accept functional skills). Unlike GCSE exams, functional skills exams can be sat anytime. We currently offer exams weekly at all our centres! No need to wait until term time. 
Functional skills courses are fully accredited and nationally recognised. Employers also look out for them on your CV! It shows them that you understand how to apply Maths, English and IT to everyday scenarios.

Do I need to sit an exam?

Yes. All functional skills courses do have exams. If you complete your course with Think Employment, the exam/s need to be sat at one of our centres. Our centres are in Grimsby, Leeds, Hull, Stockport and Ashton-under-Lyne. (Social distancing measures are in place for all learners and staff attending our centres.)

What we offer

Here at Think Employment, we offer Entry-Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. Our courses are fully-funded! That means the course is FREE providing you are over the age of 19, have lived in the UK/EU for the past 3 years and live in an eligible area (send us a chat for some more details!). The course materials are provided online with tutor support and 24/7 access to your learning! Exams and certificates are included with the course. Our exams are accredited by City & Guilds and NCFE

When can I start?

You can enrol online, anytime! Find your functional skills course here: and sign up today.