Functional Skills

Functional Skills (3748 legacy) & (4748 reformed) – arrangements for 2022

This page was last updated 15 September 2021

Arrangements for 2022

In line with government policy and Ofqual’s Vocational and technical qualifications contingency regulatory framework, COVID-19 Conditions and Requirements, from 1 September Functional Skills qualifications will be awarded as usual based on evidence from assessments at Entry level and for speaking, listening and communicating at all levels, or through externally set and marked tests at levels 1 and 2. Assessments can be delivered face to face or remotely for level 1 and level 2 reading, writing and mathematics exams using our remote invigilation service.

Results will not be awarded using Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs).

Adaptations to Functional Skills (4748) assessments will remain available to assist in mitigating the ongoing impact of the pandemic where this is the case.

Please read our adaptations guidance carefully for further information.

If you have any questions, please contact

Arrangements for 2021

The final window for submitting TAG eligibility and results has now closed.

We will retain some information below relating to the TAG process until final results are released and any appeals closed.

System guidance, information and generic forms

Visit our central hub for all system guides, information, and generic forms for the TAG and CDG process for 2021, including how to submit your results and evidence.

Find out more 

Updated 05 September – Teacher Assessed Grades – guidance version 3.2

This guidance covers the assessment arrangements for all Entry 1 – Level 2 Functional Skills, for maths, English and ICT. It provides an overview of the process, and gives guidance and requirements around eligibility criteria, sources of evidence and grading.

Access the guidance

FAQs for TAG

Updated 01 July – Key dates for TAG eligibility submissions and results

Please find key dates for eligibility submissions, submissions of TAG results and results release.

Access key dates

Adaptations 2022

You can also access our Functional Skills guidance document on our 2022 Adaptations webpage.

Essential Skills

For information on Essential Skills including updates and guidance on assessment approaches please visit our dedicated page which covers Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.