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.


Functional Skills continues to be a great viable alternative to GCSEs and we have fully funded suites to accommodate your learners needs. Our Entry levels can be assessed on-demand, therefore your learners can sit their assessments at any time.


Who are these qualifications for?  

The qualifications can be for any learners from 14+ whether they are part of a programme of learning or stand-alone qualifications



Ascentis Functional Skills English Specification

Ascentis Functional Skills Information & Communication Technology Specification

Ascentis Functional Skills Mathematics Specification

You can also find some sample assessments for use with your learners below.  These include the mark schemes and are at various levels.  

English Sample Assessments

ICT Sample Assessments

Maths Sample Assessments

Speaking and Listening Sample Assessments 

Guidance for Centres

Functional Skills Centre Guidance


Functional Skills Examiner Reports for English and Maths 2016/17

FS English Examiners Report

FS Maths Examiners Report


Why should I choose Ascentis?

  • Near miss notification available
  • Funding available for all subjects and levels
  • 10-day registration period or fast track if required
  • Personalised customer service and support
  • Free guidance materials and practice papers
  • A flexible and friendly service 
  • Additional marking windows in June and July to help accommodate those learners who need to achieve before moving on
  • Recognition of prior learning


Where can my learners progress from here?

Learners can use these qualifications for anyone or combination of further study, work or Apprenticeships.


How do I get started?

For more information on how to deliver our Functional Skills qualifications, or to move your Functional Skills provision to Ascentis, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact the Commercial Team on 01524 845046 or click here to email.

If you wish to apply now, please download the Centre Recognition Form and/or Qualification Approval Form which are available in our Key Information section.