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Assessing Functional Skills

In any Functional Skills qualification, at any level, we have endeavoured to create assessments and tasks that learners will find applicable to the workplace. Therefore, most of our tasks put you in plausible situations and teach you transferable skills. We also adapt the assessments according to the levels:

  • Entry Level

At entry level, we supply a themed set of assessment materials that can be adapted to reflect your learners’ unique circumstances and working environments. These assessments are then marked by the centre and externally verified by us.

  • Level 1 & 2

At Levels 1 and 2, the papers are externally set and marked by Industry Qualifications. Both paper-based and on screen assessments are available on demand.

Whilst all our Functional Skills qualifications follow this pattern, the different disciplines do have their own additional variations. Please see below:

English Functional Skills


Each qualification consists of a single unit which is broken down into these three separately assessed parts:

  • Speaking, listening and communication (SLC)
  • Reading
  • Writing

As these qualifications reflect plausible work situations, the SLC component could consist of a ‘pitch’ to a local employer, a reading paper might test a learner’s understanding of a set of company procedures and the writing assessments might ask them to compose an email to their boss.

SLC component

The SLC component is an internally set and marked assessment at all Entry Levels, Level 1 and Level 2. Whilst we do have sample assessments centres can use, centres can also use any naturally occurring opportunities that allow for assessment in a single session. SLC evidence is then recorded in the Achievement Record.

Here are some ‘Top Tips for English Tests

Maths Functional Skills


Tasks may include working out which train you need to catch to attend a meeting on time, buying lunch whilst on a budget or counting supplies/stock levels.

Here’s some 'Top Tips for Maths Tests'

ICT Functional Skills


A typical task would entail a learner being asked to investigate the cost of buying a new photocopier, prepare an information sheet with prices or organise an office meeting.

For Levels 1 and 2, assessments are available on demand and use the centres’ existing software. Although the assessments are technically ‘paper-based’ there is no requirement to print any materials and the learner tasks are sent back to us electronically.

Functional Skills Feedback Reports are also available, you can find more information here