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Functional Skills Update August 2019

Ref : B19-51

Type : Withdrawal

Date : 16 August 2019

Welcome to the NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018. These updates are to inform you about the timeline for the withdrawal of the current suite of Functional Skills qualifications.

The main purpose of this update is to give NOCN reconfirmation to all centres reiterating the timeline for FSQ withdrawal planned dates (originally communicated in December 2018).


Please ensure you register all of the current learners you would like to enter for legacy/current Functional Skills qualifications by 31 August with a run start date of 31 August. A reminder of how to book level 1 and 2 Functional Skills exams can be found below, 

A reminder of the full timeline is given below:

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 place 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 Legacy Functional Skills update will take place in February 2020 ***

Reformed Functional Skills Qualifications

Our Functional Skills Reform English and maths papers have been submitted to Ofqual for technical evaluation. We will provide a further update when the qualifications are available for registration.

In the meantime, you can view and download the sample papers and mark schemes from My NOCN.