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Functional skills

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Introduction to functional skills

Functional skills are practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics. They allow individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.

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Since the pilot finished in August 2010, the standards have been withdrawn. During the final year of the pilot, QCDA developed the draft functional skills standards to form regulatory criteria.

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To ensure a smooth transition from pilot to new functional skills qualifications, providers should be aware of various transition arrangement.

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News and announcements

Extension of key skills in apprenticeships

17 December 2010

Ministers have agreed an extended, temporary transitional arrangement for the extension of key skills in apprenticeships

Latest news from QCDA's functional skills team

01 December 2010

As the pilot has now finished, new functional skills qualifications are being accredited and the associated e-newsletter will no longer be sent to subscribers.

New information for administering functional skills

17 September 2010

New information is available to support you with the administration of functional skills qualifications.

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