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Functional Skills Maths and English

Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2
17 weeks
Online Learning

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners who wish to obtain their English and maths skills.

These qualifications will build your confidence and motivation, and the skills you gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Functional Skills Maths and English courses are FREE to individuals (including those who are employed on the day they start their programme of learning) who:

  • live in Greater Manchester
  • have lived in the UK for 3 years or more
  • are aged 19+
  • have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* to C or grade 4 to 9 in English and maths
  • do not hold a Functional Skills qualification above or at the level being applied for

If you are unsure about whether you meet the criteria, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly start dates, please get in touch for more information.

What do the courses cover?

Functional Skills Maths Entry 3, Level 1 and 2

Topics covered include:

  • Use of number and the number system
  • Use of common measures, shape and space
  • Handling information and data
  • Solving mathematical problems and decision making


Functional Skills English Entry 3, Level 1 and 2

Functional English is split into the following areas: 

  • Speaking - Listening and Communicating - this will include extended narratives and information (information may be on technical, concrete, or abstract topics), discussions, detailed explanations and presentations, all at varying lengths.
  • Reading - This should include a range of straightforward and complex texts on a range of topics and of varying lengths that instruct, describe, explain, and persuade
  • Writing – Text: this will include straightforward and complex texts such as articles, narratives, explanations and reports of varying lengths. Spelling, punctuation and grammar and writing composition 
What will I achieve?

On successful completion, you will achieve a Functional Skills qualification.

Achieving a Functional Skills Maths and/or English qualification at Level 2 will demonstrate your ability and competence in numeracy and literacy and are considered equivalent to a GCSE C/4 or above.

Level 2 qualifications are accepted by some universities for entry on to a variety of degree programmes - please check the entry requirements for the university you wish to apply to.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements for these courses. Prior to enrolment, you will complete an assessment, and the outcome of the assessment will decide which level you will be enrolled on.


Where will I study?

The sessions are delivered online via MS Teams with 1-1 support also available.

Independent study is also required.


Will I need to sit an exam?

Yes, your exam can be taken on the 17th week, this can be taken online using the City and Guilds Invigilation System or you can come into one of our 8 centres throughout Greater Manchester.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What are Functional Skills courses in Maths and English?

Functional Skills courses in maths and English are designed to equip you with practical skills that are essential for everyday life, education, and employment.

These courses focus on improving proficiency in areas such as numeracy, literacy, and communication.

Do I need a Laptop?

Yes, you will need access to a laptop with good internet connection and a suitable learning environment.

Additionally, you are required to keep your cameras on during the sessions for active engagement and participation.

What topics are covered in Functional Skills Maths courses?

Functional Skills Maths courses cover a range of topics including numeracy, calculations, measurements, statistics, and problem-solving.

These topics are designed to help you apply mathematical concepts in real-life situations.

What topics are covered in Functional Skills English courses?

Functional Skills English courses cover areas such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

You'll learn how to communicate effectively, comprehend written texts, write clearly and coherently, and engage in verbal communication.

Are Functional Skills qualifications recognised by employers and educational institutions?

Yes, Functional Skills qualifications are widely recognised by employers and educational institutions across the UK.

They demonstrate practical skills that are valuable in various industries and educational settings.

How many hours per week will I need to attend?
  • You must attend a mandatory 2 hour class each week for the duration of the course, these will be delivered at set times and set days depending on when you enrol.
  • You will also be required to complete 2 hours of self-study each week.
  • Drop-in sessions for one-to-one support are available.