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Looking to brush up your English, Maths or ICT skills? Functional Skill courses are an ideal substitute to GCSE that provides a flexible way to acquire practical skills and credentials that will enhance your ability to respond to real life situations both at your workplace and university.

The Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills courses are suitable for people of all ages and can be an accepted qualification for any apprenticeship or university admission* as an alternative to GCSE. These courses will help you pave your path to higher education and fulfill the entry requirements of any skilled oriented job.

Our courses can be an incredible solution for anyone looking for a flexible and affordable option, without any need to attend the classes in person. Plus, our extensive range of experienced and expert tutors will help you overcome any doubts that arise while undertaking any of our courses or exams, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best education possible. With our easy-to-follow lessons and self-paced online learning, you will be upto speed in no time!

Explore a wide range of functional skills courses and exams offered by Lead Academy to lead your future!

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Functional Skills Maths level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills English level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Level 2 Maths and English is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills Maths Level 1 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills English level 1 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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This Functional Skills ICT Level 1 is equivalent to the GCSE, Nationally Recognised, regulated by Ofqual, and based on DfE approved subject content

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Functional Skills ICT Level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Level 2 Maths and English courses with official exam. 4 in 1 combo. Save extra £39. Get Level 2 Functional Skills qualification at incredibly low prices.
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This Functional English Skills Level 2 is equivalent to the GCSE, Nationally Recognised, regulated by Ofqual, and based on DfE approved subject content
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Functional Skills Maths level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills English level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Level 2 Maths and English is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills Maths Level 1 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Functional Skills English level 1 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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This Functional Skills ICT Level 1 is equivalent to the GCSE, Nationally Recognised, regulated by Ofqual, and based on DfE approved subject content

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Functional Skills ICT Level 2 is Pearson Edexcel & NCFE accredited and nationally recognised qualification. Live 1:1 Tutor Support via Zoom Included.

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Level 2 Maths and English courses with official exam. 4 in 1 combo. Save extra £39. Get Level 2 Functional Skills qualification at incredibly low prices.
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This Functional English Skills Level 2 is equivalent to the GCSE, Nationally Recognised, regulated by Ofqual, and based on DfE approved subject content
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Lead Academy amazing supportive, training Provider. Enjoyed the Functional English level 2 Course, Lessons, Very effective teaching style. Highly recommend.

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I have been able to learn more about mathematics the tricks and shortcuts are very useful not just on paper but also in real life it helps to calculate faster without using any calculator.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Functional Skill a GCSE

    Functional Skills is considered to be a GCSE equivalent qualification.Functional Skills Level 1 is not equivalent to GCSE on the grounds that it is equivalent to GCSE grades 1 to 3 (D to G in the old GCSE grading system ) which makes it under-qualified to meet the university requirements for admission. But Functional Skills at Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 or C.

  • What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE?

    Functional Skills are not identical to GCSE. GCSE is a conventional route to acquiring academic qualification that equips students with advanced skills that are required to shape the foundations of your career as a professional. Whereas, Functional Skills is a more practical route that equips students with the values and skills that are required to function in everyday life. Both GCSE and Functional Skills have their own value and merits and both pave a way for students to upskill and succeed in their desired career.

  • Do universities accept Functional Skills?

    Most of the universities are now accepting Functional Skills as a GCSE equivalent qualification, however, entry requirements may vary according to university rules and guidelines. A Level 2 Functional Skills qualification will enable you to apply for an Access course, which is a foundation course completed at university.

  • Do employers accept Functional Skills qualification?

    A research conducted by the Education and Training Foundation discovered that 47% of larger employers know about Functional Skills and 87% of them value these courses for their approach to applied skills, flexible assessment and problem solving. Functional Skills are now highly valued and accepted by all the employers in the UK and globally as an equivalent to GCSE that certifies that students are able to apply skills under different contexts, solve problems, and prepare them to work independently.

  • What Level is Functional Skills Level 1?

    Functional Skills Level 1 is equivalent to a GCSE English grade 1 to 3 (D to G). It’s an alternative qualification to GCSE for learners who learn better with practical, real-life examples.

  • What Level is Functional Skills Level 2?

    Functional Skills at Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 or C

  • What is Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills?

    Pearson Edexcel is an academic and general qualification that is designed to advance learners’ skills while developing knowledge. Edexcel’s qualifications help learners either progress to higher education or go directly into employment. Pearson Functional Skills are qualifications in English, Mathematics and ICT that are available from Entry 1 to Level 2. Suitable for learners of all ages, they’re also an accepted part of all Apprenticeship standards and frameworks and an alternative to GCSE in the UK.

  • How long does a Functional Skills Courses Take?

    The time required to complete Functional Skills courses would depend on the time a learner allocates in studying and also on the course provider. Usually, it does not take more than a few weeks to complete the Functional Skills courses. At Lead Academy, you can complete the course within 4-12 weeks on average; however, we have had learners who completed the course very quickly. If a learner needs more time than the given time for the course, he/she can commence a self-paced online learning method with an access of 1 year.

  • Can I take the Functional Skills exam online?

    Yes, you can take the Functional Skills exam online. You just need to have a stable internet connection and a webcam so that an invigilator can monitor you throughout. Lead Academy offers an online Functional Skills exam for every subject. Upon registering your exam with us, you can receive access to our dedicated tutor support and guidance whenever you require to overcome any doubts regarding the relevant subject.

  • How can I take preparation for the Functional Skills Exam?

    You can purchase the course concerning the relevant subject from the wide range of courses available in Lead Academy. These courses will equip you with adequate skills and knowledge that is required to face the functional skills exam. You can also access our tutor support to overcome any doubts that arise while taking the course.