Our on-demand Functional Skills assessments provide a high level of realism through real-life scenarios relevant to the learners’ experience.
Notice of Qualification Withdrawal
The Gateway Qualifications Functional Skills suite is being withdrawn. The qualifications have an operational end date (last date for new starts) of 31 August 2019. The final assessment date including resits will be 30 November 2019. The final moderation date will be 7 December 2019 and the final certification date will be 31 December 2019.
For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions and information to provide to learners, please read our Functional Skills in 2019 and beyond article.
English, Maths and Basic Digital Skills
We recognise the importance of English and maths to our centres and learners and remain committed to encouraging their development.
For centres who wish to further support learners through to Functional Skills, we have updated the mapping of our English and maths suite of bite-sized units to the new Functional Skills standards is included as a an appendix in the assessment guidance.
We are also developing a new suite of Basic Digital Skills to meet the DfE basic skills agenda and proposed entitlement for adults from 2020. If you would like to contribute to the review on English and maths and/or input to the development of the basic skills qualifications please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our qualifications development team will contact you.
Support for improving learners ICT skills is provided through our suite of IT User Skills qualifications and our new Digital Skills for Work qualifications which form part of our renewed Employability Skills qualifications.
Contact us to find out more about how our alternatives to Functional Skills can help support your learners.
Effective and budget friendly
Developed in partnership with colleges and training providers and competitively priced, Gateway Qualifications’ Functional Skills offer optimises cost and efficiency while offering an intelligent solution that keeps learners’ interests at its core. Assessments are available on demand with no charges for resits at Entry Levels.
A supportive learner experience
In addition, assessments provide a high level of realism through real-life scenarios relevant to the learners’ experience.
A flexible approach that works for learners
With assessments available on-demand and a fast turnaround of results, Gateway Qualifications Functional Skills offers flexibility with the option of a preparatory suite of bite-sized English and maths qualifications from entry level to Level 2.
Sample assessments and other support materials are available on each qualification page.
Additional Functional Skills support materials are available on the Excellence Gateway which is maintained by the Education and Training Foundation.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Functional Skills can be used as part of an Apprenticeship framework and are also ideal for use in Traineeships. The qualifications have been designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ recommendations that learners would benefit from a thorough grounding in the basics and the ability to problem-solve.
Bite-sized English and Maths
Gateway Qualifications also offer a comprehensive suite of bite-sized English and Maths qualifications from Entry Level to Level 2, which are ideal for preparing learners for whom Functional Skills are too daunting a step.
If you are interested in running Functional Skills please contact us.