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English Functional skills

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by millypad1980, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. millypad1980

    millypad1980 New commenter

    Hi, any info on the following would be really appreciated .

    I’m a secondary school English teacher and have been asked to privately tutor a student for English Functional Skills. Is Level 2 graded or is just a pass or fail? If it’s the latter, is a ‘pass’ equivalent to a particular GCSE grade?

    I’ve searched for info online and although I have lots of past papers and resources, I can’t find a definitive answer to my question above.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. CaptGrimesRetd

    CaptGrimesRetd Occasional commenter

    Level 2 is simple pass / fail.

    Equivalent of old grade E or D - not a C.
  3. HelenPearce35

    HelenPearce35 New commenter


    this Gov.uk site suggests a pass at Level 2 is equivalent to a C at GCSE.
    But functional skills are pass/fail.
    Reading/ writing and speaking and listening element. Functional skills providers differ but not dramatically from what I've looked at.
    I deliver City and Guilds FS and it's pretty straight forward.
    Make sure you are looking at the correct spec as some providers have introduced reformed quals.
  4. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    This is a common misreading of the guidance, but mostly I think because it used to be true.

    What this updated guidance says is that there are types of qualifications at different levels, so in broad terms yes Level 2 is in the same tier as GCSE.

    However, other legislation also applies. The law requires pupils to resit English and Maths until they acquire a GCSE pass or turn 19, and passing functional skills level 2 does exempt them from this. So they are not equivalent qualifications.

    If they pass level2 Functional Skills in literacy or numeracy, they are expected, and colleges/schools are required, to enrol them in to GCSE classes afterwards.

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