Pearson Digital Functional Skills qualifications are coming in August 2023 and will be available in England only at Entry Level 3 and Level 1. 

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What are Digital Functional Skills?

Digital Functional Skills are two new qualifications aimed at demonstrating a learner’s digital skills at Entry 3 and Level 1

Digital Functional Skills qualifications should fulfil the following purposes:

  • Provide reliable evidence of a learner’s achievements against content that is relevant to the workplace and real life.
  • Provide assessment of a learner’s knowledge and skills as well as their ability to apply these in different contexts.
  • Provide a foundation for progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life.

The subject content for Digital Functional Skills qualifications has been created by the Department for Education at Entry Level 3 and Level 1. This sets out the learning outcomes and content coverage for the qualifications.

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Digital Functional Skills Qualifications will be funded for 16–19 year olds as part of their study programmes and adults as part of AEB funding.

Both levels will have an externally set and marked onscreen / online assessment which will be available on demand. The assessments will be pass / fail in line with the other Functional Skills qualifications.

These qualifications are due to go live for registration and delivery in August 2023. Assessments will be available too.  

Functional Skills ICT qualifications will close for new registrations at the same time. There will be one year of dual running to allow for learners to complete their Functional Skills ICT qualifications.