Functional Skills are essential skills needed for English, Maths and ICT, that are vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work.
Read the following FAQs for more answers to popular questions about Functional Skills.
No, you cannot keep and use live assessments as practice materials. All unused live assessments must be returned. We provide two past papers for each subject and level, which are available free of charge on our website.
There are no proxies for Functional Skills.
Learners will satisfy the apprenticeship requirement for the relevant Functional Skills qualification if they have achieved either:
For further information, please contact the relevant Sector Skills Council.
Yes, but the learner must write their response in English.
Please request an individual or group results enquiry. For more information please visit post-results services.
Learners will not be penalised for writing in pencil; however there is a risk that the answers could be smudged or illegible. For these reasons we would advise against using pencil.
Please refer to the JCQ Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration document.
We provide a full range of resources to support delivery of functional skills. These include:
OCR also has published maths and English Initial and Diagnostic Assessments. These can help you identify the profile of skills that a learner has, to help pinpoint the most appropriate level as a starting point, before then going on to further diagnostic screening. These are available from OCR Interchange or for more information please see our Functional Skills support materials page.
Teaching can take place for any candidates who are not taking the exam in that week. The only candidates affected by this ruling are those who will be taking the exam in the same week, so that they do not receive any unfair advantage over other candidates also taking the exam in the same week.
Yes, please refer to the section titled "Adding 'pirate' candidates" found in the Functional Skills Admin Guide.
It is not OCR's policy to accept late entries for functional skills.
No withdrawals are allowed once entries have been made.
Refer to the JCQ Regulations document, which can be found on the JCQ website.
JCQ regulations state that all assessment materials must be kept securely and only opened when the assessment is due to take place. The exams officer may open the packages to check that all the question papers and resource booklets ordered have been received. Once this check is done, everything must be resealed and kept securely.
The 'live' assignments are available on OCR Interchange.
Always ensure you have the most recent version from our website. Each set is valid for 12 months. Please see the front cover sheets for dates.
No - answers are not dependant on identifying specific use of colour (questions may be asked about format/presentation features of documents).
No, you must submit all learners work being put forward for certification in that batch.
No, only full marks can be awarded, as per the mark scheme.