Functional Skills (4748)

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2021

Accessing practice tests 

We are aware that centres have not been able to access practice tests through our qualification pages following the removal of Flash at the end of last year.  It is still possible to access and complete practice tests in this way, but an application – SurpassViewer - needs to be downloaded and installed by users. 

 - Instructions on how to install the SurpassViewer can be found here.

- Information and instructions on how to download SurpassViewer can be found here

Please ensure you download and install the Windows version as e-volve is not supported on Mac Operating systems.  If you require further support, please contact centresupport@cityandguilds.com, and we will be happy to help you.

OpenAssess
We are planning to move to a new version of OpenAssess in the coming weeks.  This will allow a better learner and tutor experience with access to new features and allowing more detailed performance feedback. 

There is some critical testing which needs to take place ahead of launching this version and, as a result, we will not be able to offer practice tests through OpenAssess in the short term. It is likely the new OpenAssess version will be available by mid-March. 

We will be in touch shortly with further information and guidance on how to access guidance and training for the next version of OpenAssess.

Test at Home - Remote Invigilation solution
Information about our new interim solution to testing Functional Skills with remote invigilation can be found on our  website here: Covid-19/Remote Testing
Centres will need to apply for approval to deliver Functional Skills exams in this way and this page contains all the relevant information and guidance documents to support delivery of the Test at Home solution.

Legacy Functional Skills

 Last registration for legacy Functional Skills qualifications in English and Mathematics (3748-01 and 3748-02) was 31/08/2019 and the last certification date is 31/07/2021. Please visit the 3748 Qualification page for the timeline for the withdrawal of these qualifications.

Functional Skills ICT (3748-03)  will continue to remain open to new registrations.

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

Functional Skills - 4748 
The new 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 and by visiting our Functional Skills Updates page. 

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.


Samples of our on-screen delivered assessments are stored below under the drop down menu for the appropriate level or can be accessed through OpenAssess, our on-screen practice platform.
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 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

At Entry 3 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 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Functional Skills Maths Entry (4748-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

At Level 1 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English

Sample onscreen assessments

The links below are for sample versions of our onscreen-delivered Functional Skills assessments at Level 1. These are designed to help learners and tutors familiarise themselves with the e-volve environment and should be used in conjunction with the PDF-based samples accessed via the 'Documents' tab above.  The mark scheme for each sample assessment is included in the drop-down accordions.

In order to use these sample assessments, the links below should be copied into the SurpassViewer app (see instructions to download the viewer at the top of this page). To view in full screen, in each case press F11 once the page has loaded or select the option in the View menu.

Level 1 Mathematics - Sample 1

Maths Familiarisation Test

Level 1 Reading - Sample 1

Level 1 Reading - Sample 2

Level 1 Writing - Sample 1

Level 1 Writing - Sample 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 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Functional Skills Maths Level (4748-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

At Level 2 there are Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • Mathematics
  • English

Sample onscreen assessments
The links below are for sample versions of our onscreen-delivered Functional Skills assessments at Level 1. These are designed to help learners and tutors familiarise themselves with the e-volve environment and should be used in conjunction with the PDF-based samples accessed via the 'Documents' tab above.  The mark scheme for each sample assessment is included in the drop-down accordions.

In order to use these sample assessments, the links below should be copied into the SurpassViewer app (see instructions to download the viewer at the top of this page). To view in full screen, in each case press F11 once the page has loaded or select the option in the View menu.

Level 2 Mathematics - Sample 1

Maths Familiarisation Test

Level 2 Reading - Sample 1

Level 2 Reading - Sample 2

Level 2 Writing - Sample 1

Level 2 Writing - Sample 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 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Functional Skills Maths Level (4748-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2022 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: 31/08/2024 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

SmartScreen is our online portal for tutor, assessors and learners that provides unit-specific support materials and tutor forums to complement the delivery and learning experience

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Learning Assistant

LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

Learning Assistant is an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows colleges and training providers to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications.

Learn more about Learning Assistant >

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.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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

Assessment Materials

Entry 1

Functional Skills English Reading

Live assessments

Functional Skills English Writing

Live assessments

Functional Skills Mathematics

Live assessments

Entry 2

Functional Skills English Reading

Live assessments

Functional Skills English Writing

Live assessments

Functional Skills Mathematics

Entry 3

Functional Skills English Reading

Live assessments

Functional Skills English Writing

Live assessments

Functional Skills Mathematics

Level 1

Functional Skills Mathematics

Level 2

Centre Documents