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Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
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Functional Skills

What are they?

Functional Skills Qualifications have been designed to help young people and adults develop practical skills in English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The qualifications are often a central part of a learner’s programme of study. They form a key part of apprenticeships and are also often studied alongside many college based vocational learning.

What's more, these subjects are frequently cited by employers as being those which place the most importance when recruiting staff.

At Open Awards we offer a full suite of Functional Skills qualifications including Entry 1,2 and 3 and Level 1 and 2.

Qualification Guides:

Click on the links below to access the relevant Qualification Guide.

English

Maths

ICT

Entry 1

Entry 1

Entry 1

Entry 2

Entry 2

Entry 2

Entry 3

Entry 3

Entry 3

Level 1

Level 1

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2

Level 2

How are they assessed?

At all levels learners must successfully complete externally set assessments in order to achieve the qualification.

  • At Levels 1 and 2, assessments are externally marked by us. Maths and English exams can be taken either on-screen or paper-based (a per assessment supplement is payable for paper-based). ICT can be taken on-screen only. The only exception to this is the English Speaking Listening and Communication assessment which is internally administered.
  • At Entry Level, assessments are internally marked and internally verified using guidance provided by us.

For more information and to view the sample assessments, please click here

Guidance

Functional Skills XAMS User Guidance 

Explains how to schedule and administer assessments using our XAMS system

Assessment Venue Requirements

Outlines the specific requirements that must be followed for the room in which the assessment is taken.

Invigilation Requirements

Outlines the requirements invigilators must follow when conducting assessments

Unannounced Visits Guidance

Explains how we will conduct unannounced visits to ensure our requirements are being followed

How can I offer Functional Skills with Open Awards?

If you are new to working with Open Awards then give us a call on 0151 494 2072 and we will talk you through options for centre approval. If you are already an Open Awards centre you can also give us a call, submit a Functional Skills New Qualification Request Form via the Portal or contact us via customerservices@openawards.org.uk