Functional Skills Qualifications 

NCFE’s Functional Skills qualifications are designed to provide learners with the chance to gain useful, transferable skills in English and Mathematics to help them function confidently, effectively and independently in their work and life in general. They’ve been developed in response to the needs set out in the Government’s 14 -19 Education and Skills White Paper. 
Strong English and Mathematics skills are essential in almost every workplace so NCFE’s Functional Skills qualifications are the ideal way to build learners’ work-related skills. They can be delivered alongside NCFE’s package of employability related qualifications and Traineeships to prepare learners for the labour market. 
These English and Maths qualifications are suitable for a wide range of individuals aged 14 and above, who’d like to develop their English and Maths skills. No prior qualifications are required and Functional Skills are offered from Level 1 to 2. 
Exam Information 
Gate Way Success is an approved NCFE examination Centre offering Functional Skills English and Maths Levels 1 & 2 qualifications. These qualifications are considered to be equivalent to GCSE A-C and are widely accepted as an alternative to the GCSE English and Maths by the Universities, Education Institutions and Employers. 
Exam takes place at our Centres in Colchester and Worcester. 
Functional Skills qualifications are particularly useful to: 
Learners: young people and adults will develop important problem solving skills which make sure that they’re well prepared for employment, further learning and everyday life. 
Employers: this initiative will help to ensure that employees can apply vital functional skills in work situations which will improve effectiveness and productivity. 
Higher education: competency in the key subjects of English, mathematics and ICT will help learners progress to further achievement, and will help them to study independently. 
Why study NCFE’s Functional Skills qualifications with Gate Way Success? 
Learners receive a completely on demand assessments for Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications 
Learners can sit their external assessments whenever they are ready – no marking windows 
Results are released 6 working days from the day papers are received at NCFE, which is usually one working day after exam.  
FREE access for all learners to ForSkills Initial Assessment and Diagnostic Tools. 
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