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IQ Functional Skills

Functional Skills were developed in response to calls from employers for more emphasis on the application of ‘core’ skills in English, mathematics and ICT.  Employers recommended that learners would benefit from a thorough grounding in these skills and the ability to problem solve.

Being functional means that learners are able to:

  • Apply their English, maths and ICT skills to all sorts of real life contexts
  • Be able to take on challenges in a range of new settings
  • Work independently.

IQ Functional Skills qualifications are available in English, mathematics and ICT at:

  • Entry level 1
  • Entry level 2
  • Entry level 3
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

IQ offers a unique approach to Functional Skills assessment which makes the process manageable for centres and enjoyable for learners


  • Both paper and onscreen assessments are available on demand at levels 1 & 2 (ICT onscreen only)
  • Fast turnaround of results for externally assessed papers (seven working days) once awarding has been achieved.
  • Registrations are fully refunded if a candidate doesn't take a booked assessment
  • ICT uses centres’ own software and doesn’t require any printing
  • Book with just one working day's notice.


  • Assessments are based on realistic work-based scenarios
  • All questions are written in second-person, addressing you the learner directly
  • The English assessment has a spelling and grammar check

To find out more about the qualifications click onto the links below or get in touch or email our help-desk on

For further information on our Functional Skills offer, you can download a copy of IQ's Functional Skills brochure. For centre guidance and training documentation please visit the Centre Guidance Portal.


Sample Assessments

To see our unique Functional Skills solution for yourself, take a look at some of our sample assessments:

On Screen:

(Sample on screen assessments for maths will be added shortly)

Paper Based:

The downloadable files are saved in the zip format so will need to be uncompressed (extracted) before you can access them.