The reformed Functional Skills will come into force in September 2019, with a transitional period of one year. FS Quals will be creating new Functional Skills courses written to the standards and these will be ready for September 2019.

There are considerable changes to the content, with new content being added and some content being removed. Some of the content has moved levels and elements of GCSE have been added.

The levels will change with the reform: Level 1 will be more like a Level 1½ and Level 2 will be more like a Level 2½. The following table shows how the levels are aligned with the national curriculum key stages:

The new assessments are still to be finalised, but it is understood that there is to be more parity between the awarding bodies and less awarding bodies offering the qualifications.
There are no age restrictions for these qualifications. We have the tutors, support officers and content to deliver the qualification to a wide range of individuals, including:
  • those involved in learning programmes to prepare them for work;
  • adults in work to provide progression opportunities;
  • young people involved in iGCSEs;
  • those involved in Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

For more information about our Functional Skills content, contact us on 01909 568 338 or by email at