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*Functional Skills* are qualifications that have been developed by the UK
Government as part of an initiative to improve the country's literacy,
numeracy and ICT skills. They are replacing Key Skills Level 1 and 2
qualifications from September 2012; in the short-term Entry Level Key
Skills will remain as there is no current replacement â this is still
Functional skills qualifications are now integral in:
· GCSEs â in English, mathematics and ICT and are included in key
stage 3 and key stage 4 programmes of study.
· A component in all apprenticeship frameworks â Key Skills will be
still be available for registration until 31 August 2012.
Functional Skills are also available as stand-alone qualifications.
A three-year Functional Skills pilot ended on 31 August 2010. All pilot
qualifications have been withdrawn and the new accredited functional skills
qualifications are now available for all learners.
Although several assessment models were piloted, the QCDA have approved
assessment models that consist of internal assessment and moderation of
entry level qualifications by the centre. Level 1 and Level 2 assessments
are to be externally assessed and moderated, and carried out in exam
conditions at the centre. Functional Skills English Speaking and Listening
components will be internally assessed but externally moderated. In
Functional Skills Mathematics assessments, candidates at all levels are
allowed the use of a calculator. Functional Skills ICT assessments will
require use of a computer with internet access.
Although the delivery of
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