Reformed Functional Skills qualifications in English and mathematics have recently been submitted to Ofqual for evaluation. The reformed qualifications are for first teaching from September 2019. Learners starting their Functional Skills qualifications on or after 1 September 2019 must be entered for the reformed qualifications.
Learners who have started current Functional Skills qualifications before 1 September 2019 can still be entered for assessments in the current qualifications up until 30 June 2020. The final certification date for the current qualifications is 31 August 2020.
For more information please read the Subject information update.
As you may be aware, both Ofqual and the DfE have recently held public consultations regarding the reform of Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths at all levels. It is intended that the reformed qualifications are available for first teach in September 2019.
We are fully engaged with both consultations and intend to continue to offer the full provision of reformed Functional Skills. We will keep you updated of intentions and outcomes as they progress.
Please refer to the centre timeline for more information.
OCR has been at the forefront of developing functional skills assessments. This experience has given us a unique insight into what functionality means to assessment design. This qualification assesses speaking, listening, communication, reading and writing. It is also suitable for those who wish to apply their English skills to a range of unfamiliar contexts, through discussions, exchanges, texts and through written communication.
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This is a regulatory document for centres delivering Functional Skills and Digital Employability exams.
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See how Cambridge Progression and Functional Skills units map to the 2015 GCSE (9-1) English and Maths specifications.
This guide gives a range of ideas for lessons structured by learning outcome for this unit.
This resource gives additional guidance about the speaking and listening entry level, level 1 and level 2 units.
OCR has endorsed or recommended the following resources for use with this specification. For more information about endorsed or recommended resources, visit our endorsement page. Note: OCR is not responsible for the contents of third party sites.
An interactive Functional Skills English course for Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2. All the delivery for the qualification is offered through film production, high quality content which sits on an interactive, easy to use platform. The platform alerts tutors if learners are struggling so they can be offered further support, either on a 1-1 basis or through video conferencing (which is also built into the platform). A new way of learning for a new generation of technology focused learners and also for previous generations who have struggled to learn in a traditional way.
Publication date: April 2017