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Functional Skills

For education, employment and everyday life

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to help learners of all ages develop essential maths, English and Digital skills in order to equip them with the practical skills and knowledge required to learn, work and live successfully.

At NOCN, we offer a full suite of high-quality Functional Skills qualifications from Entry Level 1 to Level 2*. Our in-house Functional Skills team will support you from the start with a range of online learning tools and will guide you through the delivery of the new qualifications.

*Digital Functional Skills qualifications can only be made available at Entry 3 and Level 1


Our English Functional Skills Qualifications provide students with the fundamental skills to use the English language in personal and professional situations. To gain the English Functional Skills qualification, learners must pass the following assessments:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening


Our maths Functional Skills qualifications will help to strengthen students’ knowledge of mathematical concepts without using a calculator. Learners will be assessed on a range of topics, including:

  • Using numbers and the number system
  • Using common measures, shapes and space
  • Handling information and data
  • Solving mathematical problems and decision making

 Why choose NOCN for Functional Skills?

  • Quick turnaround of results
  • Remote Invigilation
  • Free teaching support materials
  • 5 sample assessments at each level and marking guidance available through vLearn
  • Qualifications handbook to guide you through delivery
  • Free events and webinars led by subject experts to share best practice advice
  • Free initial assessment tool- available on NOCN Pocketskills
  • Diagnostic assessments- available on NOCN Pocketskills
  • An excellent reputation for quality assurance
  • Functional Skills Teaching Support Pack*

*Additional fees apply

Functional Skills Qualifications

English Functional Skills Qualifications Maths Functional Skills Qualifications Digital Functional Skills Qualifications 

Essential Skills - If you're interested in Essential Skills in Northern Ireland please visit OCNNI.

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