We have taken the decision to withdraw from providing Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications at the end of 2020, as we don’t believe we’re able to provide a service that best suits English and Maths Functional Skills teaching and learning. To support teachers looking for external assessments for Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills this year, we will provide paper-based tests scheduled for specific times in March and in June/July. Please see here for more details.
This outlines the main administration processes for our reformed Functional Skills qualifications. These qualifications are available from Entry Level to Level 2. Entry Level and English Speaking, Listening and Communicating are centre-assessed, OCR moderated and available on demand. Level 1 and 2 English Reading, Writing and mathematics are assessed by a timetabled paper-based examination.
OCR is no longer accepting new centres for reformed Functional Skills.
On approval, we gave access to our secure website for Functional Skills entries and submissions and sent you a self-assessment form via our secure site to complete with your centre’s arrangements for Speaking, Listening and Communicating.
The self-assessment is valid for a year. Without a completed self-assessment form, you can’t carry out English tests or submit your SLC components for all levels.
You may need to apply for access arrangements to enable students with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessments.
You first need to make qualification entries (registrations) for the overall qualification.
Qualification entries are made creating a ‘booking’ using our secure website for Functional Skills entries and submissions.
The way to order question papers is by creating a ‘test session’ within our secure site.
Before you can do this, you need to make overall qualification entries (registrations), which are processed immediately on submission – there’s no delay.
Test sessions are per component and should include all the students you wish to take tests on the timetabled examination day. A step-by-step guide is available on the secure website home page.
The test session should be created and finalised (submitted to OCR) during the entry window for the session. See the key dates spreadsheet. If you miss the test entry deadline, please contact us.
Mathematics Level 1 and 2, English Reading and English Writing Level 1 and 2
You must deliver the tests in line with the regulations specified in the OCR Instructions.
You will receive question papers the week before the scheduled test date. You must complete all tests on the specified day and despatch them no later than the end of the next working day. Unused papers can be retained in the centre to use as practice material.
An attendance list will be included with your question papers. This will show you which version of the provided question papers should be given to each candidate. Candidates must sit the version they have been assigned.
Levels 1 and 2 English Speaking, Listening and Communicating and all Entry Level assessments
The assessments can take place at any time – see the specifications on the qualification pages for information and guidance on how to do this.
Sets of Entry Level live assessments and Level 1 and 2 SLC tasks can be downloaded from the Product Library area of the secure site. You must check the dates on the assessments to make sure they are valid. For Entry Level, there will be three live sets of assessment material at any one time.
All internally assessed components: Entry Level and Speaking, Listening and Communicating
Once the assessment is completed and marked by you, you can request your moderation through our secure site by using the Functional Skills moderation form. (You should only submit requests for assessments you Pass.)
For Speaking, Listening and Communicating, you only to need to submit the observation records, not the audio files.
See our handy guide for more information.
We’ll issue results as follows:
Once a candidate has achieved the number of components required for the qualification they are entered for, the overall results will be automatically issued.
We’ll issue certificates five working days after the results are published.
If you have questions about results, including missing results, use one of our post-results services.
If you’re still unhappy with the post-results decision then you may be able to appeal.
We’re here to support you throughout the exams cycle and we produce a range of tools and additional guidance material you may find useful.
There are monthly online training sessions covering the admin essentials for Functional Skills.
Find your local Customer Support Manager, and your local exams officer or teacher network.
Keep up to date with our monthly exams officer update and subject information updates, plus our regular blog posts.
Practice papers for all levels can be found on our secure website in the Product Library area.