Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners aged 14 and above. They provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

Functional Skills provide learning tools that enable students to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • Engage competently and confidently with others
  • Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • Develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society

Functional Skills qualifications have been developed in response to employers’ demands to provide an emphasis on core skills in English, ICT and Mathematics for employees. As well as being available as standalone qualifications, Functional Skills qualifications are also a key component of most Apprenticeship frameworks.

TQUK is working in partnership with Industry Qualifications who, as another Awarding Organisation, offer regulated Functional Skills qualifications. TQUK centres can register learners to undertake the IQ qualifications using the TQUK Management Suite as with any other qualifications.

What are the benefits of the TQUK/IQ partnership for centres?

Our dedicated Functional Skills team will be responsible for directing all enquiries to Industry Qualifications on your behalf, meaning that you can still receive our dedicated customer service. They will also be responsible for registering candidates for the qualification and assessment bookings, reducing the cost of your admin and eliminating the need to familiarise yourself with multiple platforms. 

All of the components that exist in your learners’ apprenticeship framework can be obtained and arranged by our Functional Skills team and using your TQUK Approved Centre status. Centres will receive the existing benefits of Industry Qualifications’ service, as detailed here on their website.

Why are Functional Skills important?

Functional Skills help to provide young people and adults with essential skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.

Who are they aimed at?

Functional Skills are available to all learners from Key Stage 3 upwards, no matter what learning pathway they are taking. They help learners to develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and behaviours that will enable students to make a positive contribution to the workforce and their communities.

How are the qualifications assessed?

Learners complete an externally assessed exam paper.

Options for online or paper assessment are both available for the qualifications.

Speaking and listening elements of English functional skills are internally assessed and quality assured.

Learn more here.


For more information regarding Functional Skills and how they work, you can visit their website or alternatively you can give us a call on 03333 583 344 and we'll walk you through the process.

To find out which Functional Skills qualifications you require to complete (or have already completed) to embark on one of our apprenticeship courses, you can check the Apprenticeship Frameworks.