Maths and English Functional Skills
1. Why am I being asked to do Functional Skills?
Great question! For you to enrol onto an apprenticeship, the Government requires all learners to complete Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths. There are exemptions however, so read on for more information.
2. What are Functional Skills?
Functional Skills are a way for learners to demonstrate real-life, everyday usage of English and Maths through an approximately 1-hour test.
It is a very straightforward, supported and short part of your apprenticeship that has a flexible assessment date but must be completed prior to going through Gateway to your End Point Assessment. We recommend completing your Functional Skills in the first three to six months of your apprenticeship, so you already have these certificates ready as part of your portfolio of evidence.
We automatically enrol all our learners onto Functional Skills training if we don’t have exemptions evidence on file for you. If you do have education evidence, please provide that to us as soon as possible.
3. Can I be exempt?
Yes - we follow ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) guidelines regarding Functional Skills exemptions. Common documents used for exemption are:
- UK English or Maths
4. I have higher education but it’s not in Maths or English – can this exempt me?
If you have these, please get in touch and we can assist with individual cases. Examples include a Physics degree for Maths exemption.
5. My education certificates are from outside the UK. Can I use them for exemption?
You can, but first you’d need to apply to NARIC which has a cost associated with it that you’d be responsible for. Check the NARIC FAQs below for more info.
6. Are Functional Skills the same as Initial Assessments?
No, Functional Skills and Initial Assessments are entirely separate tests. Though they cover similar content, the purpose of these assessments differs significantly so please complete both as required.