Everyone should have the opportunity to succeed in work and life – practical skills in English, mathematics and ICT can help make that possible.
We all need a range of skills to succeed in our jobs and in our lives. Functional skills are the practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics that allow people to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
Functional skills qualifications are:
- A component of the new Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Diplomas
- Part of all Apprenticeship Learning programmes
- A component in apprenticeship frameworks
They are also available as stand-alone qualifications.
Functional elements are also a part of new GCSEs in English, mathematics and ICT and are included in key stage 3 and key stage 4 programmes of study.
Learners who have passed functional skills pilot qualifications will be able to continue use them as credible qualifications.
There are no proxies for functional skills qualifications in apprenticeship frameworks but the relaxation rule still applies. The relaxation rule applies to learners who:
- Learners who have achieved grade A-C GCSE’s within 5 years of their programme start date
- Learners who have already achieved functional skills at the level their framework requires
- Learners who have already achieved key skills at the level their framework requires within 5 years of their programme start date