Functional Skills pilot qualifications were withdrawn on 31 August 2010 and new accredited qualifications are now available. These qualifications continue to form part of the Diploma and Foundation Learning.  Functional Skills qualifications are also included in some Apprenticeship Frameworks with a view to being part of all Frameworks by September 2012.

The current National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 includes functional skills.

The Coalition Government has committed to create more flexibility in the exams system, give schools greater freedom over the curriculum and reform vocational education to support progression. Work in these areas is under way and detailed plans for reform will be set out in due course.

This section provides information to help schools; colleges and other professionals understand what the functional skills means for their work currently.