Skills Qualifications

Question and answers
Read frequently asked questions about skills qualifications, including Functional Skills, Skilled for Life, MySkills and Home Cooking Skills.

Delivering BTEC for the first time?
An introduction to BTEC qualifications.

October 2014 update
Read news updates about vocational training events, ESOLs transition from NQF to QCF and QCF accreditation for Lead Verifiers.

November 2014 update
Read updates on training events and funding news for the new QCF ESOL qualifications, information on MySkills and the Simplified Funding Rates catalogue.

December 2014 update
This month's update includes planning for 2015/16, extended ESOL NQF assessment and certification dates, and a chance to share your thoughts on MySkills.

January 2015 update
This month's update includes funding news, ESOL training events, business skills webinars, and Ofqual plans to improve Functional Skills.

February 2015 update
My latest skills update has information about Traineeships, how to enter this year's Home Cooking Skills competition, and much more.

May 2015 update
This month's update has information about Functional Skills online practice tests, qualification review dates, 19+ funding, and more.

October 2015 update
This subject update covers changes in functional skills, training events and much more!

January 2016 update
This subject update covers ESOL, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills and WorkSkills.

BTEC Below Level 2 QCF update
The following BTEC Below Level 2 qualifications will expire on 31st December 2020 and no more registrations will be accepted after this date. Suggested replacement qualifications have been listed.

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