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Useful Links

A collection of links to information and teaching resources that you may find useful in delivering Functional Skills.


  • AELP - Moving from Functional Skills to Key Skills

This step by step guide, produced by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) details everything providers need to know if they have a background in Key Skills and want to offer Functional Skills. The guide is available as a free download.

A collection of more than 1500 free Functional Skills resources available for download that have been catalogued, allowing you to quickly find what you are looking for.

Maintained by the Education and Training Foundation, this web portal has a wide range of free resources available including a 'Functional Skills Starter Kit'. Please note that you will need to register on the site in order to access the resources.

  • The Functional Skills QCDA Pilot Evaluation

A report from the QCDA evaluating the 3 year pilot which explains how and why the Functional Skills qualifications were developed.

  • The Ofqual Regulatory Criteria

The criteria is what Awarding Organisations such as IQ use to develop their Functional Skills qualifications. Awarding Organisations interpret the criteria and adopt their own approach.

  • Functional Skills Standards

These standards are used as the basis of assessment in each subject.

Resource provider Nelson Thornes have developed an area of their website for Functional Skills. It includes a blog and factsheets, as well as a calendar of forthcoming Functional Skills events.

EM Skills are an independent consultancy and training organisation that specialise in Functional Skills. They provide this information without bias or recommendation.

  • The Functional Skills Support Programme

The Functional Skills Support Programme developed some materials for teaching mathematics, English and ICT as part of the FS pilot. The materials are a little dated, but are worth considering for those unfamiliar with teaching the subjects.

  • Great Learning

Great Learning is a useful website that holds publications, resources and materials for Functional Skills and foundation learning.

BBC Bitesize has some excellent material which was developed for GCSE but remains very useful for English, maths and ICT Functional Skills. Search under the subject heading.