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Functional Skills


Remote Invigilation update 3 April 2020


We’re aware that an article was published yesterday (2 April 2020) that appeared to confirm awarding organisations were able to introduce remote invigilation for Functional Skills exams.


At the moment, Skillsfirst are adhering to Ofqual guidance which stipulates that awarding organisations should not release any messages on remote invigilation until authorised to do so.


However, please be assured that we do have a solution for both legacy and reformed Functional Skills, which includes a user-friendly proctoring tool, built into our online testing platform.


We hope to be able to update you early next week with more details.


Functional Skills are the practical skills in English, Maths and ICT that enable confidence, effectiveness and independence both at work and in everyday life.


Our aim has been to provide flexible, cost effective, level 1 and 2 qualifications that meet the real needs of employers.


Both onscreen and paper based tests are available and we also provide our centres with a range of interactive, online support materials to help teachers prepare learners for their Functional Skills assessments.


Legacy Functional Skills qualifications for English and Maths levels 1 & 2 closed for registration on 31 August 2019.


The final paper-based assessment dates for legacy Functional Skills English and Mathematics exams are as follows:


The final on-screen assessment date for legacy Functional Skills English and Mathematics exams is 19 August 2020.


The final date for Speaking, Listening and Communication result claims to be submitted to Skillsfirst is 21 August 2020.


The final certification date for legacy Functional Skills English and Mathematics is 31 August 2020. Skillsfirst are not permitted to certificate any learners after this date. 

All paper based exams should be applied for (via email) using the Functional Skills paper based request form, 21 working days prior to the date of exam (see deadline specified on the calendar), to to access a copy of the request form please click here. Bookings should not be made via SecureAssess and will only be accepted on a completed booking form via email.


Take a look at our full list of qualifications on the right hand side of this page, or for more information contact our customer services team on 0121 270 5100 or email us.




Functional Skills

IMPORTANT: Paper-based exams

Staff Competency

Skillsfirst English Levels 1 & 2 Closed for registrations

Skillsfirst ICT Levels 1 & 2

Skillsfirst Maths Levels 1 & 2 Closed for registrations

Speaking, Listening & Communication

Instructions for Conducting Controlled Assessments

Invigilation Guidance for ICT Exams

Learner guidance for onscreen ICT exams

Practice Papers

Senior Examiner Reports

Tutorial Videos

SecureAssess Guide

SecureAssess FAQs

Uploading exams in SecureAssess

Legacy Functional Skills Updates