Functional Skills qualifications (3748)

Last Updated: 04 Jun 2014 Fundamental applied skills in maths, English and ICT – with a particular focus on problem-solving and being to apply these skills effectively in real situations.

Functional Skills qualifications are available across five levels (Entry 1 to Level 2), and are completed in a wide range of college, community and work-based settings.

Captivate Demos for FS ICT onscreen assessments
These animated demonstrations illustrate key features of the simulated desktop applications used in the onscreen-delivered FS ICT assessments. Please note these require Flash (10.3 or later, downloaded using Internet Explorer) to operate successfully, and should be opened using Internet Explorer or Firefox. Once opened, the voiceover will commence automatically so please ensure your audio device is on and the volume turned up from the start.
For anyone who wants to develop their English, Mathematics or ICT skills. They can be completed alongside City & Guilds' English and Mathematics Skills (3847) and Principles of Using English and Mathematics (3844) qualifications, as well as being used to support learners' progress towards GCSE.
Available in the following:
  • England

General Information

What's involved in studying this course

You will cover:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

What careers can this lead to

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

What's involved in delivering this course

These qualifications can be delivered in a classroom environment or in the workplace.

The Entry-Level qualifications are internally assessed and quality assured . This is also the case for Level 1 and 2 FS English Speaking, Listening and Communication.

Flexible assessment - onscreen or on paper, it's your choice
All of our externally marked Functional Skills assessments at levels 1 and 2 are available to take on any day at any time. There are two options:

  • Onscreen
    Assessments can be booked with as little as 30 minutes' notice using e-volve, our onscreen assessment platform.
  • Named on Demand
    Paper based/delivered assessments available with just two weeks' notice using our Named on Demand facility.

City & Guilds has a wide range of digital learning resources to support English and maths learning in almost any context, including learners working towards Functional Skills qualifications.

Entry 1

Entry 1 will suit you if you'd like to start with the basics by familiarising yourself with the language and tools involved, and by learning to solve short, simple problems.

At this level we offer three qualifications:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

For each of these qualifications, you will complete an assessment which consists of a series of tasks. These assessments can be found in the assessment materials section.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

These qualifications are designed to help you succeed in higher education or any job role, since strong English, Maths and ICT skills are essential in almost every context.

If you're interested in jump-starting your career by building work-related skills then you may want to consider taking these qualifications as part of an Apprenticeship and will be included in Foundation Learning Programmes.

You may also be interested in:

  • 3792 Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Adult Literacy
  • 3692 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life
  • 3804 Certificate in ICT Skills for Life.

Functional Skills English(3748-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 1

  • Accreditation No: 501/1317/3 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Mathematics(3748-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Entry 1

  • Accreditation No: 501/0637/5 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(3748-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 1

  • Accreditation No: 500/8507/4 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 2

Entry 2 will suit you if you have a bit of background knowledge or a qualification at Entry 1. You'd like to start building your skills by learning to solve straightforward problems in familiar contexts.

At this level we offer three qualifications:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

For each of these qualifications, you will complete an assessment which consists of a series of tasks. These assessments can be found in the assessment materials section.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Functional Skills English(3748-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 2

  • Accreditation No: 500/9837/8 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Mathematics(3748-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Entry 2

  • Accreditation No: 501/1821/3 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(3748-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 2

  • Accreditation No: 500/8508/6 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

Entry 3 will suit you if you have some background knowledge in your chosen subject area but feel you need a little more support or guidance before moving on to Level 1.

At this level we offer three qualifications:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

For each of these qualifications you will complete an assessment which consists of a series of tasks. These assessments can be found in the assessment materials section.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.


What careers can this lead to

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Functional Skills English(3748-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 3

  • Accreditation No: 500/9838/X Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Mathematics(3748-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Entry 3

  • Accreditation No: 501/1820/1 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(3748-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Entry 3

  • Accreditation No: 501/0638/7 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

At this level we offer three qualifications:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

For Mathematics and ICT you will complete a fixed-date, externally marked assessment. The assessments are available every month.

For English you will complete externally marked assessments for Reading and Writing, either by on-screen test at at any time or as a paper-assessment available once a month. You'll also complete a centre-assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication assessment, which can be done at any time.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.


Sample Onscreen Functional Skills assessments at level 1
The sample assessments are provided for practice/demonstration purposes only. On no account may they be used to carry out live Functional Skills candidate assessments. These are available under the Assessment Materials section. 

Please note the latest version of Flash is required to view these assessments. To view in full screen, press F11 once the page has loaded.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

These qualifications are designed to help you succeed in higher education or any job role, since strong English, Maths and ICT skills are essential in almost every context.

If you're interested in jump-starting your career by building work-related skills then you may want to consider taking these qualifications as part of an Apprenticeship and will be included in Foundation Learning Programmes.

You may also be interested in:

  • 3792 Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Adult Literacy
  • 3692 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Functional Skills English(3748-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1

  • Accreditation No: 500/9319/8 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Mathematics(3748-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1

  • Accreditation No: 501/0986/8 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(3748-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 1

  • Accreditation No: 500/9630/8 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you have some knowledge and basic skills and are ready to handle more complex problems, involving often unfamiliar contexts. You'd like to learn how to express, understand or apply more advanced concepts or ideas.

At this level we offer three qualifications:

  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • English.

Sample onscreen Functional Skills assessments at level 2
The sample assessments are provided for practice/demonstration purposes only. On no account may they be used to carry out live Functional Skills candidate assessments. These are available under the Assessment Materials section. 

Please note the latest version of Flash is required to view these assessments. To view in full screen, press F11 once the page has loaded.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

These qualifications are designed to help you succeed in higher education or any job role, since strong English, Maths and ICT skills are essential in almost every context.

If you're interested in jump-starting your career by building work-related skills then you may want to consider taking these qualifications as part of an Apprenticeship and will be included in Foundation Learning Programmes.

You may also be interested in:

  • 3792 Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Adult Literacy
  • 3692 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life
  • 3804 Certificate in ICT Skills for Life.

Functional Skills English(3748-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2

  • Accreditation No: 500/9318/6 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Mathematics(3748-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 2

  • Accreditation No: 501/0987/X Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(3748-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 2

  • Accreditation No: 501/0639/9 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data Unavailable Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data Unavailable Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 45 - 45 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

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Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

The general expandable sections contain documents that cover multiple levels and the level-specific expandable sections contain documents that cover that particular level.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

3748 Entry 1

Assessment materials

Live Assessments English

Live Assessments ICT

Live Assessments Maths

Sample Assessments English

Sample Assessments ICT

Sample Assessments Maths

3748 Entry 2

Assessment materials

Live Assessments English

Live Assessments ICT

Live Assessments Maths

Sample Assessments English

Sample Assessments ICT

Sample Assessments Maths

Worked Examples

3748 Entry 3

Assessment materials

Live Assessments English

Live Assessments ICT

Live Assessments Maths

Sample Assessments English

Sample Assessments ICT

Sample Assessments Maths

Worked Examples

3748 Level 1

Assessment materials

Examiner Report

FS English sample assessments

FS English Speaking Listening and Communication

FS ICT Data Files

FS ICT sample assessments

FS ICT sample assessments - modified

FS Mathematics sample assessments

FS Mathematics sample assessments - modified

3748 Level 2

Assessment materials

Examiner Reports

FS English sample assessments

FS ICT Data Files

FS ICT sample assessments

FS ICT sample assessments - modified

FS Mathematics sample assessments

FS Mathematics sample assessments - modified

FS Speaking and Listening

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