Withdrawal of Functional Skills Qualifications As centres may be aware, these qualifications have been subject to review and reformed qualifications should be available nationally from 2019-20 academic year. Ascentis has made the decision not to proceed with the development of the new Functional Skills qualifications at any level. As a consequence of this, the decision has been made that Ascentis will withdraw the current Functional Skills qualifications at all levels, following normal procedures. The withdrawal date is 31st October 2018. For further details, please see the letter here.