Functional Skills (4748)

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2024
Exam Date Change
Where a centre needs to change the intended day and time of a Functional Skills exam in line with Section 1.1.10 of the Instructions for Conducting Exams (ICE) document they should notify us, in advance by completing this form: Exam Change Notification Form.

Digital Functional Skills Qualifications (DFSQs) 
Our new digital Functional Skills qualifications have completed Ofqual’s Technical Evaluation and the Entry 3 and Level 1 DFSQs are now available for registration and teaching. Assessments will be available from 8 January 2024.
  
Key documents customers will need such as the Qualification Handbook and the Guidance for Delivery document can be found on the Documents tab.

To ensure that you are kept informed about these qualifications, please sign up for email updates on the link at the foot of this page, and choose “Functional Skills” in the preference centre. 

Functional Skills - 4748 
Our Functional Skills qualifications are intended for anyone wishing to develop their maths and English. They focus on both the underpinning skills as well as the ability to apply maths and English to different contexts. 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.

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.

To ensure that you stay up to date with all that happens to our Functional Skills assessments and services, please ensure that you are kept up to date by signing up for email updates using the link at the foot of this page.

The increased invigilation requirements for 4748 are laid out in the Instructions for Conducting Exams (ICE) document. It is possible to apply for an invigilation exception for Level 1 & 2 Maths, Reading and Writing exams, find out more about how to apply visit this page.

Open Assess
Our new Open Assess platform is now available.  This allows a better learner and tutor experience with access to new features and the facility to give more detailed performance feedback. 
Please visit the Open Assess web page here for more information including a registration form to apply for an Open Assess account for your centre, a handy user guide, and a recorded presentation about the platform.

Remote Invigilation Service
Our fully integrated Remote Invigilation (RI) Service is now live. This service is available for all existing City & Guilds centres and for most of our e-volve tests. If you want to know more, please visit our Remote Invigilation webpage.

Functional Skills ICT Qualifications
The legacy Functional Skills ICT qualifications (3748-03) were closed to new registrations with effect from 31 July 2023. Please visit the 3748 Qualification page for a table of key dates as this qualification progresses to the final certification date of 31 July 2024.

Digital Credentials
Learn how your learners can benefit from our digital credentials. Visit the digital credentials webpage for more information.

Accessing practice tests 
Samples of our paper-based assessments can be found in pdf format for printing out on the Documents tab above.
Samples of our on-screen assessments are stored below under the drop down menus below for the appropriate level or can be accessed through Open Assess, our on-screen practice platform.
All the sample materials for Digital Functional Skills will be available from Open Assess.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England

Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form

General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You will cover:

  • Mathematics
  • English.
What Careers Can This Lead To?
Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their applied literacy and numeracy.

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 Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

These qualifications can be delivered in a wide range of different settings.

The Entry level qualifications are internally assessed and quality assured. This is also the case for the Speaking, Listening and Communicating component for Functional Skills English at levels 1 and 2

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

At Entry 1 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy and numeracy 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 Entry (4748-01)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

English Entry 1

  • Accreditation No: 603/4913/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.20 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Maths Entry 1

  • Accreditation No: 603/4918/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.10 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Entry 2

At Entry 2 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy and numeracy 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 Entry (4748-01)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

English Entry 2

  • Accreditation No: 603/4914/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.20 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Maths Entry 2

  • Accreditation No: 603/4916/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.10 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Entry 3

At Entry 3 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Digital Skills.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy and numeracy 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 Entry (4748-01)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

English Entry 3

  • Accreditation No: 603/4915/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.20 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Maths Entry 3

  • Accreditation No: 603/4917/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £16.10 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Digital Functional Skills Qualification at Entry Level 3 (4748-05)
Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2027 Supportive services: SmartScreen

4748-05 Digital Functional Skills

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2029 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: TBC, please speak to your Account Manager for further information Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

4748-05 Digital Functional Skills

  • Accreditation No: 61030661 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2029 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: TBC, please speak to your Account Manager for further information Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Level 1

At Level 1 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Digital Skills

Sample onscreen assessments
All live e-volve Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams at level 1 and level 2 are in the new HTML format. More information can be found on the documents tab above under Additional Documents.

The links below are for sample versions of our onscreen Functional Skills assessments together with the Familiarisation tests. The HTML samples do not require Surpass Viewer and can be fully administered through a web-browser.

The Familiarisation tests plus more sample exams are available through our Open Assess platform. Candidates should not be entered for their Functional Skills exam without having prepared by completing sample papers and having had their practice attempts marked .
We have updated our Open Assess guide (version 3) to help you prepare your learners. Mark schemes for the onscreen sample assessments are located on the document tab, in a folder called "Open Assess Mark Schemes" which can be found under Assessment Materials > Level 1 

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy and numeracy 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 level (4748-02)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

English Level 1

  • Accreditation No: 603/4646/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £21.00 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Functional Skills Maths Level (4748-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Maths Level 1

  • Accreditation No: 603/4648/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £21.00 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Digital Functional Skills Qualification at Level 1 (4748-06)
Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2027 Supportive services: SmartScreen

4748-06 Digital Functional Skills

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2029 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: TBC, please speak to your Account Manager for further information Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

4748-06 Digital Functional Skills

  • Accreditation No: 61030673 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2029 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: TBC, please speak to your Account Manager for further information Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Level 2

At Level 2 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English

Sample onscreen assessments
All live e-volve Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams at level 1 and level 2 are in the new HTML format. More information can be found on the documents tab above under Additional Documents.

The links below are for sample versions of our onscreen Functional Skills assessments together with the HTML Familiarisation tests. The HTML samples do not require Surpass Viewer and can be fully administered through a web-browser.
The Familiarisation tests plus more sample exams are available through our Open Assess platform. Candidates should not be entered for their Functional Skills exam without having prepared by completing sample papers and having had their practice attempts marked .
We have updated our Open Assess guide (version 3) to help you prepare your learners. Mark schemes for the onscreen sample assessment are located on the document tab, in a folder called "Open Assess Mark Schemes" under Assessment Materials > Level 2.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy and numeracy 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 level (4748-02)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

English Level 2

  • Accreditation No: 603/4647/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £21.00 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.
Functional Skills Maths Level (4748-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Maths Level 2

  • Accreditation No: 603/4649/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £21.00 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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Learning Assistant

LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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

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Assessment Materials

Entry 1

Functional Skills English Reading

Live assessments

Sample assessments

Functional Skills English Writing

Live assessments