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How Functional Skills Can Help You Get Into University

14th June 19

Do you dream of going to university? Then you'll need to have a GCSE in English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification, to enrol on a degree programme. If you don’t have one of these under your belt, your chosen university could ask you to get one fast or even decline your application.

Fortunately, we have a solution. A Functional Skills qualification could be just what you’re looking for. These qualifications are accepted by most universities as an equivalent to a GCSE and can be achieved in a much shorter amount of time. Whilst many GCSE courses can take up to two years to complete, Functional Skills courses can be completed in just a few weeks and can also be studied from the comfort of your own home.

Better yet, Functional Skills maths, for example, does not comprise of any algebra or some of the complicated formulae that you are typically expected to study as part of a GCSE. You'll be learning things that can be directly applied to your everyday life and develop skills for life. It’s a win-win situation!

Our Functional Skills courses are catered to you. We will suggest which areas you need to study and once you feel confident on a certain topic, you can simply take a brief quiz on the subject to see how your learning is progressing and then move on to the next session.

So, how long will it take to get a Functional Skills qualification? The recommended guided learning duration for Functional Skills courses is 45 hours. This means that you could finish the course in as little as a few weeks, depending on the amount of time you allocate to your studies. Once you have finished all course units, you can book your Functional Skills exam straight away, get your results and embark on a university course when you pass the exam with flying colours.

While most higher education institutions accept these qualifications, please check with your chosen university before you submit your application to avoid disappointment.

If you’re interested in completing a Functional Skills qualification with us, take a look at our courses here or call our helpline on 01202 006 464. You can also email us at with questions regarding your chosen course or if you need any further guidance. There are many options available and you can even have sessions with one of our qualified tutors if you would like some extra support.

Don’t wait any longer. Sign up today and start your future now!  

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