I am the main maths teacher in a PRU and we have been deliberating whether or not to offer Functional Skills L1 and L2. We already offer the Entry Level 3 which most complete without any issues (although this is deemed to be below GCSE level). The challenge we face is that the new GCSE has made it more difficult for our students to access. It has more content, has increased difficulty and has 3 x 90 minute exams (not to mention the added impact the exam stress has on our students) Before the new GCSE was introduced we focused on GCSE as opposed to Functional Skills as the FS was a pass fail qualification and the GCSE had a range of grades so students were liable to get something. Also the FS has a lot of wordy questions in the exam where as the GCSE focussed more on the language of numbers not English. In short if a student could get the FS Level 1 they should get a GCSE grade so we focussed on the GCSE. However now we have a new GCSE with wordy questions, increased problem solving, more content and increased difficulty. So do we move towards Functional Skills. Can I say its content is more practical in nature with less abstract concepts? It is equivalent to half a gcse at E/D grade for Level 1 and a B grade for Level 2. Also the exams are on demand and students can have multiple attempts. How will our students will be recieved at College if they arrive with a L1 or L2 FS qualification? Is the new Functional Skills much more difficult than the old one? which should we go for? You opinions would be very much appreciated.