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Welcome to Functional Skills from EDI.

In this section we will provide you with information about Functional Skills qualifications.

There are EDI practice assessments for you to trial, FAQs, and links to other useful sites.

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are a key element of the 14-19 reforms and comprise practical skills in English, Mathematics and ICT. These qualifications are suitable for learners of all ages, providing them with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

People who possess the skills assessed by Functional Skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and employment.  They will also be able to develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT are available at Entry Levels 1, 2, 3 and at Level 1 and Level 2. From September 2012 they will replace the Basic Skills of Literacy and Numeracy and the Key Skills of Communication, Application of Number and Information and Communication Technology at the relevant levels.

Functional Skills relate to England only. The UK equivalents are Essential Skills Wales, Core Skills in Scotland and Essential Skills in Northern Ireland.

Did you know? There are relaxation rules affecting the use of Functional Skills within Apprenticeships

Click here to view the Functional Skills assessment model

For further advice or information on Functional Skills please contact our Account Services team on 0844 576 0045 (option 3) or email