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Functional Skills update December 2018

Ref : B20-76

Type : Amendment

Date : 1 December 2018

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in September 2018. The purpose of this update is to inform you about the timeline for the withdrawal of the current suite of Functional Skills qualifications.


31 August 2019 This is the last date for registrations against the legacy (current) suite of qualifications; encompassing all levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. This date has been agreed with Ofqual to ensure a suitable transition period takes places and aims to ensure that learners are not disadvantaged by the implementation of the new suite of qualifications.

30 April 2020 - The last date for assessments of the legacy (current) suite of qualifications. This date allows learners eight months to complete their qualification including resits (as the final date a learner could be registered is 31st August 2019).

30 June 2020 - This is the date for the final submission of assessments for moderation.

31 July 2020 - The certification end date is 31st July 2020. This date allows NOCN a minimum of three months to process assessments and to address any appeals.

***The next Functional Skills update will take place in February 2019 ***

Centre Events

NOCN will be holding centre events in February 2019 to ensure that communication and verification of the changes are disseminated to our centres. Early booking is highly recommended to ensure you are fully up to speed on the Functional Skills Reform and how is will affect centres, delivery staff and learners. The booking system will be released shortly; but in order to give you advanced notification these will take place as follows:

Tuesday 12 February – Manchester
Wednesday 13 February – Sheffield
Thursday 14 February – Sunderland
Tuesday 26 February – London
Wednesday 27 February – Bristol

Please add the date to your diary and remember to complete the online booking system, detailing any specific content requirements you may have. We look forward to meeting you all there.

Elizabeth Pawlowski; on behalf of the NOCN Skills For Life team.