Reformed Functional Skills
Our new Functional Skills qualifications are now live.
Below you will find the links to the qualification information pages that have all the qualification specific support materials for each subject/level. These materials include the latest sample papers, teaching resources, schemes of work and assessment information as well as links to the key pieces of information you require to deliver the qualifications.
Online Assessments are available for bookings and can be booked through the online assessment system for online bookings.
Paper based external assessment will be available to book on from the 1 August 2020 for the 2020-21 session. Please refer to the Functional Skills update page, for further details of when these assessment have been planned in.
The centre must determine a single set date and time within an assessment window for each component and subject level for paper based external assessments.
All external assessments must be conducted in line with our Regulations for the Conduct of External Assessment. NCFE currently doesn't offer invigilation for external assessments, however this is in development and we’ll be communicating more information as soon as possible.
NCFE Entry Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English
NCFE Entry Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English
NCFE Entry Level 3 Functional Skills Qualification in English
NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English
NCFE Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English
NCFE Entry Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics
NCFE Entry Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics
NCFE Entry Level 3 Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics
NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics
NCFE Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics
After receiving feedback from many providers about the challenges of completing the legacy qualifications this year, we are pleased to announce that Ofqual has confirmed that the Secretary of State has agreed to further extend the certification end dates for the legacy English and maths FSQs from 31 December 2020 to 31 July 2021.
This is to allow sufficient time for existing learners to complete outstanding assessments given the ongoing disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to work with Ofqual to extend our certification dates to allow additional time for the assessments to be completed. No new registrations can be made on these qualifications and centres should register any new learners onto the new reformed qualifications.
We’ll continue to work with Ofqual to extend our certification dates to allow additional time for the assessments to be completed and will update you as soon as we have these dates confirmed.
As there are changes to various processes in line with the government’s reform for these qualifications, we’ve created an FAQ guide to help you find out about these changes at a glance.
Functional Skills update – 31 July 2020
Due to the changes of Functional Skills qualifications and the processes around them in line with the reform, we need to make you aware of important information regarding assessment dates, fees, invigilation and documents.
Invigilation Information and Guidance Webinar
This Webinar provides information around who can and who cannot invigilate Functional Skills external assessments. We strongly advise that you listen to this before submitting a request for an Invigilation Exception.
Request for contextualisation of Functional Skills Controlled Assessments
This form is for centres to request validation of contextualised Functional Skills exam papers to a given activity.
Invigilation Exception Requests: Functional Skills
If you require an exception to the conditions regarding the invigilation of Functional Skills assessments please click here.
Assessment Delivery Support
In this section, you can access:
- Functional Skills feedback requests
- Functional Skills online automated feedback
- Transfer of achievement
Functional Skills online videos
Take a look at our Functional Skills online videos, including tutorials and reform support.
Reformed Functional Skills – Online Sample Assessments
Our online sample assessments provide learners with an opportunity to practice taking an NCFE Functional Skills assessment on our online assessment platform.