Functional Skills qualifications (3748)

About these qualifications

Fundamental applied skills in maths, English and ICT – with a particular focus on problem-solving and being to apply these skills effectively in real situations.

Functional Skills qualifications are available across five levels (Entry 1 to Level 2), and are completed in a wide range of college, community and work-based settings.

Captivate Demos for FS ICT onscreen assessments
These animated demonstrations illustrate key features of the simulated desktop applications used in the onscreen-delivered FS ICT assessments. Please note these require Flash (10.3 or later, downloaded using Internet Explorer) to operate successfully, and should be opened using Internet Explorer or Firefox. Once opened, the voiceover will commence automatically so please ensure your audio device is on and the volume turned up from the start.

Who are they for

For anyone who wants to develop their English, Mathematics or ICT skills. They can be completed alongside City & Guilds' English and Mathematics Skills (3847) and Principles of Using English and Mathematics (3844) qualifications, as well as being used to support learners' progress towards GCSE.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England

SmartScreen available for this qualification

SmartScreen is our online portal for tutor, assessors and learners that provides unit-specific support materials and tutor forums to complement the delivery and learning experience.


Learning Assistant available for this qualification

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Learning Assistant

Information & documentation

For Centres

To offer this qualification please submit an application and we’ll help you get set up - you can become a City & Guilds qualification provider within 30 days.


Assessment Materials

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Centre Documents

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What's involved in delivering this course?

These qualifications can be delivered in a classroom environment or in the workplace.

The Entry-Level qualifications are internally assessed and quality assured . This is also the case for Level 1 and 2 FS English Speaking, Listening and Communication.

Flexible assessment - onscreen or on paper, it's your choice
All of our externally marked Functional Skills assessments at levels 1 and 2 are available to take on any day at any time. There are two options:

  • Onscreen
    Assessments can be booked with as little as 30 minutes' notice using e-volve, our onscreen assessment platform.
  • Named on Demand
    Paper based/delivered assessments available with just two weeks' notice using our Named on Demand facility.

City & Guilds has a wide range of digital learning resources to support English and maths learning in almost any context, including learners working towards Functional Skills qualifications.

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Additional Documents

If we have documents for Centres available for download, they will be listed here or in the tabs above.

All things Maths and English

For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

You will cover:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.
What careers can this lead to?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.