Our innovative Functional Skills courses in English language and maths will help you to fill gaps in your qualifications, providing vital skills that will help you progress in your career.


Our innovative Functional Skills courses are ready to enrol on now. These interactive online courses are designed by experts and will help you on your way to that career change, apprenticeship,  university course, new job or boost in confidence that you’ve been looking for.

Visit the course pages to learn more about how the courses are structured and how NEC can support you through your Functional Skills journey:

What you need to know

Our Functional Skills courses follow the Pearson Edexcel specifications. You will be able to enrol on:

Each level takes a recommended 55 hours of learning. As with most NEC courses, you will be able to work at your own pace. As assessment is on-demand, you do not need to study within the time frame set by exam sittings.

GCSEs or Functional Skills…which qualification is right for me?

Take a look at the table below to help you make your choice. Alternatively, speak with our expert Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839 for further information.


When can you enrol?

Our Functional Skills courses are now open to enrolment. You can enrol online via the course pages or you can call our Course Advice Team on 0880 389 2839.

Additional support if you're under 18?

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.