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The complete package for English and maths 

We’re committed to helping learners achieve in Functional Skills, equipping them for the next step in their learning, lives and careers. 

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills qualifications are key to building foundations for learners to progress into their specialist skillsets. These subjects are a vital part of the entry/exit requirement for vocational study, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Positioned as an alternative to the GCSE route, Functional Skills offer learners a vocational pathway into English and maths with the flexibility to sit their assessment all year round.

Why choose us for Functional Skills?

We offer comprehensive support, including flexible online learning tools, remote delivery options, initial assessment, and diagnostics, to complement our Functional Skills qualifications, ensuring engagement, success, and achievement for your learners. 

  • On-demand assessment options: 
    • Online: Bookable same day as registration, available for up to 42 days
    • Paper-based: Bookable five working days before with 24-hour flexibility 
    • Remote invigilation (online): Bookable 48 hours before, within a 42-day window. 
  • Initial assessment: Access to our One Assessment tool for accurate identification of learners' levels and skills gaps in a single 30 minute assessment 
  • Free support package for staff: Receive onboarding, curriculum support, CPD sessions, webinars, and events delivered by English and maths specialists. 
  • Full suite of teaching resources provided: including interactive materials such as schemes of work, session plans, PowerPoints, videos, and individual skills plans. 

Plus, free online learner feedback reports, no charge for a first re-sit per assessment, and free transfer of Direct Claim Status (DCS). 

Our Functional Skills qualifications

Functional Skills English, maths, and ICT qualifications empower learners with essential skills for real-world application, employment, and further education. They instill confidence and proficiency in each subject area, providing a solid foundation for success. Tailored for all learners, these qualifications are integral to various educational frameworks, such as Foundation Learning. The Department for Education (DfE) sets content for Functional Skills qualifications.  

Explore the our Functional Skills qualifications: 

Join providers like you to enjoy a day of networking and enhance your knowledge of Functional Skills

Whether you’re new to Functional Skills or would like a refresher of the qualification, we’d like to invite you to our upcoming events!

The events will be taking place at two locations, York and London, and will give you the opportunity to recap, review and refresh all your current Functional Skills knowledge.

Why choose Functional Skills from NCFE?

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Completing these qualifications has helped build my confidence by giving me the opportunity to gain work experience and develop my skills.

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NCFE Meeting 2 RGB LR

You want to be a hairdresser? If a train travels at an average speed of 60 miles per hour...

With English and maths being talked about more than ever before, David Redden, Functional Skills specialist at the awarding organisation NCFE, outlines the challenges facing both learners and educators, and discusses what needs to be done to change the status quo.

Escape Assessment NEET Project

Story-based Functional Skills pilot could help vulnerable young people write a new chapter in their lives

A pilot by The Really NEET Project has investigated the impact of interactive, story-based assessment on vulnerable groups and found the method can improve engagement, motivation, and outcomes in Functional Skills.  

Film Clapperboard

Why even movie stars need maths

David Redden, Product Manager at NCFE, explains why having a spotlight on maths can be an opportunity to ensure people are equipped with the essential skills they need to thrive.