Update on our Functional Skills offer

This web page sets out our latest advice on:

  • NCFE’s approach to awarding for 2020-21 – see the document linked on the right
  • availability of online assessment for Functional Skills qualifications
  • remote invigilation
  • extension of exam support service for Functional Skills
  • legacy Functional Skills qualifications.

Approach to awarding for 2020-21

Qualifications that are not like GCSE or A Levels in their structure, such as Functional Skills, will continue remotely. They can be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely. You can read more in our approach to awarding document. You can also read about our remote invigilation solution which allows your learners to complete assessments remotely, anytime, anywhere here.


Availability of online assessment for Functional Skills qualifications

Following the latest Government announcements, our online assessment for Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQ) (both legacy and reform) remains open for those centres that can complete the assessments safely, as per Government guidelines and in line with our Regulations for the Conduct of External Assessment.

We have already put in place an invigilation exception request for Functional Skills to provide additional support to you.

Remote Invigilation

Over recent months, we have been developing and piloting a remote invigilation solution for Functional Skills set to launch on 24 February, offering remote assessment for your learners, anywhere and anytime. Read more and register your interest.

Entry Level and SLC Controlled Assessments

Entry level and SLC assessments can continue for both legacy and reform Functional Skills. This should be where they can take place where centres judge it is safe and appropriate to do so, and where they can ensure they still adhere to the required controlled assessment conditions.


Extension of exam support service for Functional Skills

We're pleased to confirm that the DfE Exam Support Service has been extended to include FSQs in apprenticeships, where assessments were planned to be delivered in the workplace. We recognise that many providers have experienced issues relating to accessibility, venues and invigilators and we hope that this will help. You can read more information on the government website here.

We want to again reassure you and your learners that we will put arrangements in place for learners who are now unable to take their external assessments, to ensure they are not disadvantaged. Ofqual’s consultation on arrangements for issuing grades this year for regulated VTQs closed on Friday 29 January. The responses to this survey are currently being analysed by Ofqual and the Department for Education and the outcomes will be published at the end of February. Read more. You can access further guidance from Government here.

NCFE’s approach to awarding for 2020-21


Anytime, anywhere assessment

Remote invigilation is launching week commencing 22 February and we can’t wait to have you on board!

Find out more and register your interest