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:
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.
Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England, and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.