What are Functional Skills?

NA College’s Functional Skills courses in English and Maths are designed to equip you with essential knowledge, skills and understanding to empower you to operate confidently, effectively and independently in work and everyday life, as well as getting the most out of your education.

Functional skills enable you to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of 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

Originally introduced in September 2010 Functional Skills officially replaced Key skills in October 2012.

Level 1 Functional skills - Equivalent to GCSE Grade 3 and below or E-D Grade (previous GCSE grading)

Level 2 Functional Skills - Equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 and above or C-A* (previous GCSE grading)


Our dedicated team are always on hand to answer any questions, please get in touch if you are interested in any of our Functional skills courses.  We would love to hear from you.


Programme Lead

Gemma Close

Tel: 0191 4661188
E-mail: Gemma.Close@nac-group.co.uk