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).
A reminder of the timeline is given below:
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.
*** We are awaiting guidance as to whether these dates will be extended and we will advise centres when we hear more ***
NOCN is working with Ofqual to develop alternative arrangements for the awarding of Functional Skills Qualifications to enable learner progression in life and work within the current government guidance. For additional information please see government news for awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications.
Government guidelines set out in a Letter from Secretary of State for Education - VTQs that ‘assessments cannot proceed as planned this Spring and Summer’, and states the measures to be taken to reduce the impact of the pandemic. NOCN is implementing these measures and confirm that learners due to complete their Functional Skills assessments between March and July 2020, will not be expected to take their assessments. Instead NOCN will issue a calculated result.
This calculated result will be based on a range of evidence and data capture. NOCN will contact centres shortly to inform them about evidence requirements for impacted learners.
The above information applies to both legacy Functional Skills and reform Functional Skills Qualifications.