Newly accredited functional skills qualifications are available across all subjects and levels. The accreditation process is ongoing, with awarding organisations putting forward new qualifications for accreditation, so this choice is expected to increase over the coming months. However, some awarding organisations that took part in the three-year pilot may not have final accredited qualifications yet.

Accredited Functional Skills qualifications can be found on Ofqual's Register of Regulated Qualifications (the Register), which replaced the National Database of Accredited Qualifications at end of October 2010.

Fully completed pilot qualifications remain fully valid for those students that took part in the pilot. 

Students who did not complete all three components of their Functional Skills English by 31 August will be able to carry forward their component achievements from the pilot to the post-pilot qualifications.

The carry-forward arrangement for pilot English component achievements will be a time-limited arrangement, for a period of 12 months only (September 2010 to August 2011), to recognise that the post-pilot qualifications meet different criteria with different requirements from those that applied to the pilot qualifications.

The implications of this are as follows:

  • Students who have completed all three English components (speaking, listening and communication; reading; writing) in the pilot qualifications have obtained a Functional Skills English qualification that will remain valid in the future.
  • Students who have not completed any components during the pilot will need to take new accredited qualification components from September.
  • Students who have completed some, but not all, Functional Skills English components as part of the pilot will be able to combine these with new accredited components from September 2010 until August 2011 in order to complete their qualification. From September 2011, only newly accredited English components will be accepted in order to complete a qualification.

This carry-forward arrangement applies to Functional English only. No similar arrangement can apply to Functional mathematics or Functional ICT as they are single component qualifications in the post-pilot assessment arrangements.

There is no restriction on combining Functional Skills English components from different awarding organisations to complete the qualification. Your awarding organisation will be able to advise you on the process for doing this.