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Functional Skills

About Functional Skills

Functional skills are those core elements of English, Mathematics and ICT that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work. Functional Skills Assessments are:

  • designed to measure the competent application of skills within real life scenarios
  • task-based or task and test-based
  • usually externally set but may provide for internal task-based assessments
  • subject to rigorous quality assurance; students must be registered at the right level.

More information

Revision to Functional Skills resit window

The timeframe between sitting a Functional Skills exam and taking a resit has been reduced from 30 days to 14 days with immediate effect.

It is important to note that where exams are taken online the 14 days will commence from the date the exam is uploaded.   

SecureAssess Results

If you are trying to locate results but you cannot view them, please navigate to the ‘completed’ column in the ‘Results’ tab and click on the drop down arrow. Then select ‘filter off’ and click ‘apply’. The results should then appear. If you are continuing to experience problems locating results, then please contact


If you know a learner is unable to sit a Functional Skills exam that has already been scheduled (either using the one day, or up to six week window), we encourage you to void the exams prior to the scheduled end date. It is important this action is carried out before the end date as it will prevent the exam going into the ‘awaiting upload’ status, which unfortunately delays your ability to re-schedule the exam.

To do this, go into the Invigilation Tab, highlight the learner, and press "Void".  You will be prompted to give a reason for voiding the exam.

Following these simple steps will enable you to reschedule the exam without encountering delays and more importantly affecting a learner resitting their exam.

If you need any assistance in relation to scheduling of exams, please do not hesitate to contact

Functional Skills ICT Invigilation Guidance

Centres delivering Functional Skills ICT examinations must ensure that all centre personnel are aware of and actively adhering to the published Functional Skills ICT Invigilation Guidance.

In particular, invigilators must ensure that learners work / evidence is saved to a secure storage location or device for a minimum of six months after the exam has taken place and is deleted from the computer and not accessible to other learners who are registered for FS ICT qualifications.