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Functional Skills

NOCN Functional Skills qualifications drive the development of practical skills in - English, maths and ICT and help learners get the most out of work, education and day-to-day life.

Functional Skills English, maths and ICT are essential to enabling learners with the skills required to live, learn and work effectively. They empower people by improving these skills for real life situations and the workplace.

NOCN Functional Skills are available from Entry 1 to Level 2 for learners in England. Functional Skills are available for a range of ages and abilities and are key to frameworks such as apprenticeships.

Functional Skills are applied, practical and relevant and can be tailored to suit the needs of Entry level learner. Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications support the development and enhancement of learners into a range of work and life situations.

NOCN Functional Skills Qualifications

Our Functional Skills qualifications are high quality, recognised and respected by schools, colleges, training providers and employers. They can also form part of an apprenticeship.

Search the name of the qualification below to view the relevant qualification documentation:

  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 2
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 3
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 2
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 3
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 2
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at Entry 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at Entry 2
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at Entry 3
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at Level 1
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in mathematics at Level 2

If your organisation wants to use one of these qualifications, it will need to become an NOCN centre or call us on 0114 2270534.

Online testing

Functional Skills Online Assessments are now available to complement traditional paper-based examinations in English and Mathematics. The new online platform provides a new opportunity for learning providers to accurately assess their learners knowledge and abilities.

Key features:

  • Available for multiple subjects
  • Mathematics Level 1 and 2
  • English Reading Level 1 and 2
  • English Writing Level 1 and 2
  • Secure, locked-down browser
  • Enhance assessment security
  • Robust, effective and time saving
  • Created with leading educational software developers

Accessing the service

Approved NOCN Centres offering Functional Skills qualification can access the online platform by contacting: nocn@nocn.org.uk

NOCN Functional Skills Key Information

Our Functional Skills Key Information is available for recognised centres to provide information regarding reasonable adjustments, transfer of credits and feedback requests.

Our Functional Skills resources for English, maths and ICT below are available for guidance and assessment preparation.

Become a centre

If your organisation wants to use these qualifications, it will need to become an NOCN centre  or please call 0300 999 1177 for further information. 

Essential skills

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

 


Key Information about Functional Skills & Useful Forms

Helpful downloads for centres including: Reasonable Adjustment Application form, Transfer of Credit form and Feedback Report Request form

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Sample Assessments - English

Access Entry 1 – Level 2 English Sample Assessments and Mark Schemes here

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Sample Assessments - Maths

Access Entry 1 – Level 2 Maths Sample Assessments and Mark Schemes here

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Sample Assessments - ICT

Access Entry 1 – Level 2 ICT Sample Assessments, Mark Schemes and Data files here

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Contextualised Papers

Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 Contextualised Papers and Mark Schemes

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Functional Skills Bulletin

NOCN Online Functional Skills platform has been revamped and updated. The platform is being re-launched and will be available from 3 December 2018 to centres.

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