Welcome to the Bristol Tutor Company Functional Skills page. Here you will find out all the information you need on the Functional Skills Level 2 qualification. At Bristol Tutor Company, we have a dedicated and qualified team to help you pass your exams.

The Levels

There are five levels for both, Maths and English functional skills exams. Both subjects follow the same process. Starting at entry-level 1, then entry-level 2, entry-level 3, level 1 and finally, level 2. Level 2 is a GCSE equivalent and a qualification that universities recognise.

The Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to a GCSE grade C or level 4. If you did not receive a GCSE in Maths or English, you can take the Functional Skills Maths Level 2; and Functional Skills English Level 2 exams. It may be a necessity by universities and employers for you to have these qualifications. 

The first four levels of Functional Skills Qualifications help prepare you for the Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications. They are beneficial if you do not feel confident sitting the Level 2 exam first. Pass Functional Skills are an expert provider for these qualifications. Their exams are Ofqual regulated, and on their website, you can find in-depth revision materials.

Exam Boards

The most taken exam each year is the City and Guilds Functional Skills Level 2 qualification. Edexcel and City and Guilds are two of the largest exam boards, providing English and Maths Functional Skills. Even though different awarding bodies offer the exams, they mainly have the same government-set curriculum. Several functional skills courses are available; it would be beneficial to see which one is better for you as they all have different features.

Bristal Tutor Company has complied a list of the most asked questions. Our team has answered these to give you a greater insight into the Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.


What is a functional skills qualification?

The functional skills qualification is a GCSE equivalent. This qualification can be when applying for higher education courses. It looks to implement Maths and English into real-life contexts. 

What is the difference between functional skills and GCSE? 

There are a few differences between the two qualifications, one of them is the content of the exams. The GCSE exams look at more abstract content. Whereas; the Functional Skills exams relate the content to real-life scenarios. 

Which out of the two exams is easier?

It would depend on what style of questions you prefer. The questions in a Functional Skills exam cater to everyday situations and are more relatable. If you prefer this style of question, you will find functional skills exams easier.

Do employers accept this qualification?

The Functional Skills Level 2 qualification is a GCSE equivalent qualification, and multiple employers accept it. It can also help you when applying to higher education.

What is the pass mark for the Functional Skills exams? 

The pass mark usually ranges from 50-60%. However, it may change depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

How long does it take to complete a Functional Skills qualification?

Bristol Tutor Company will put together a personalised programme for you and outline when we think you will complete it. There is no set time for completing the qualification, and it varies from person to person.

Is there funding for the Functional Skills exam?

There is some funding from the government for the functional skills courses but, not everyone can apply for it. If you are over the age of 19, you will not get any funding from the government. There are other routes, such as apprenticeships programmes but, we cannot guarantee that you will get the funds. If you want the cheapest exams, you should look at MME and Pass Functional Skills. They provide Functional Skills Maths and English online exams and courses.

Can I take an online Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Exam? 

Yes, you can. MME and Pass Functional Skills are both providers of Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Online Exam.

Additional Support

If you still need additional help, you can visit the Functional Skills Support Group on Facebook. This community hub is for both tutors and students. You can collaborate to help each other answer questions and support each other in preparation for your exam.

For those wanting to sit with an alternate provider to MME, we also recommend Pass Functional Skills. They are a skilled provider that can provide you with the help you need to pass.