Assessment Overview

Find out what Functional Skills qualifications are, who they’re for and how they’re assessed.

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Pearson are pleased to announce the introduction of Paper Based on Demand Functional Skills Assessments for:

English and maths Levels 1 and 2

With the introduction of our Paper Based On Demand Functional Skills offer, we have decided to retire our series based assessments. The final series based assessment for ICT will be in June 2018 and the final series based assessments for English and maths will be July 2018.

How are Edexcel Functional Skills assessed?

Functional Skills assessment can be either onscreen or paper-based.

This table summarises how Edexcel Functional Skills are assessed:

 

English

Maths

ICT

Entry Levels 1-3

Internally assessed, externally verified. Can be contextualised by the centre.

Available on demand.

Internally assessed, externally verified. Can be contextualised by the centre.

Available on demand.

Internally assessed, externally verified. Can be contextualised by the centre.

Available on demand.

Onscreen On Demand Levels 1 and 2

Assessments available on demand with 2 hours’ notice.

Window of test is 2 hours.

Internet access required to download the assessments, but can be run offline.

Externally set and verified.

Assessments available on demand with 2 hours’ notice.

Window of test is 2 hours.

Internet access required to download the assessments, but can be run offline.

Externally set and verified.

 

Paper Based  On Demand Levels 1 and 2

Assessments available with 14 days’ notice. Can be run at a time to suit the centre and learner.

Assessments stay live for 5 days.

Externally set and verified.

Assessments available with 14 days’ notice. Can be run at a time to suit the centre and learner.

Assessments stay live for 5 days.

Externally set and verified.

Assessments available on demand. Test paper and data files downloaded and retained securely. Evidence uploaded electronically. Internet connection required for part of test. Single test, taken on computer using standard desktop software. 

Externally set and verified.

Series Based Paper Levels 1 and 2

Assessed in fixed, pre-published exam windows.

Externally set and verified.

Assessed in fixed, pre-published exam windows.

Externally set and verified.

Assessed in fixed, pre-published exam windows.

Externally set and verified.

 

What support is available to help me deliver Edexcel Functional Skills?

There's a comprehensive range of support, including a wide range of teaching and learning materials, training and podcasts, and an online Initial Assessment Tool.

Where can I find out more?

For more detailed information, see the individual subject pages or read our FAQs