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Functional Skills (4748)

City & Guilds has been offering qualifications in maths, English and ICT for close to 50 years with the aim of helping young people and adults to succeed in all that they choose to do in work and life. Functional Skills are central to that aim. They continue to be our most popular maths and English qualifications and are key to success in apprenticeships, adult learning and 16-18 programmes in England.

New Functional Skills qualifications

Our new Functional Skills Mathematics and English qualifications, available at 5 levels, have been designed to help learners demonstrate success in these skills in real-life contexts.

City & Guilds continues to offer Functional Skills ICT, but as part of our existing Functional Skills suite, as ICT has not formed part of the current reform programme.

The new assessments are relevant, accessible and robust. They are available flexibly, on demand, when learners are ready. They are available on paper at all levels and also on screen at levels 1 and 2.


Available for first registration from September 2019, our offer includes:

  • New assessments at 5 levels – Entry Level 1 to Level 2
  • Two points of registration for English – Entry Levels 4748-01 and Levels 1 and 2 4748-02
  • Two points of registration for Mathematics – Entry Levels 4748-03 and Levels 1 and 2 4748-04
  • All assessments available on demand
  • Assessments at Levels 1 and 2 available on screen and on paper
  • Improved assessment feedback


We have prepared some useful documents to help you understand the changes and transition to our new offer:


Functional Skills for Apprenticeships

All apprentices should be supported to improve their maths and English. Depending on the level of maths and English they’ve already achieved and the apprenticeship being taken, studying maths and English could be a requirement of their apprenticeship. Maths and English through Functional Skills.

Details are in the apprenticeship standard or SASE framework though generally:

  • Level 2 apprentices need maths and English at Level 1 and have to attempt all elements of the Level 2 qualification
  • Level 3 apprentices need maths and English at Level 2
  • There may be extra requirements for higher level apprenticeships or particular industry roles


Qualification support material

To accompany our new qualifications, we have developed a full range of qualification support material which will help with delivery and assessment preparation.

  • Qualification handbooks
  • Assessor Instructions
  • Sample tests/mark schemes
  • Delivery guides (from September 2019)

Download these materials from the new Functional Skills (4748) qualification page.

Preparing for on screen tests

Learners can also take online sample practice tests on our OpenAssess platform - an open version of e-volve, our online test platform. OpenAssess replicates a live test environment and enables you to mark and provide feedback, helping to address areas in need of additional teaching support.

Find out more about OpenAssess and how to access the platform.

Functional Skills Digital resources for learners and tutors

e-Functional Skills Reloaded

e-Functional Skills Reloaded reinforces individual and classroom-based learning. All content is mapped to the new Functional Skills subject content and our revised qualifications. Our offer has everything you need – whether you're delivering entirely in the classroom or through blended learning.

  • A dynamic, stand-alone initial assessment - identifies the learner’s level, allowing you to place them on the most appropriate learning programme
  • A diagnostic assessment - identifies any learning gaps and generates an individual learning plan
  • Tracking - allows you to monitor learners’ progress along the way
  • Resources - covers English, Mathematics and ICT from Entry Level 3 to Level 2.

To find out more, call us on 01924 206709.

SmartScreen for tutors

SmartScreen maths and English

Maths and English digital teaching and learning resources for tutors delivering Functional Skills at all levels are available through SmartScreen. The resources are mapped to the new Functional Skills subject content and are designed to support anyone delivering our new qualifications, whatever their levels of confidence or experience.

Resources include:

  • Resource guides for each skill and level
  • Topics specific videos
  • Interactive e-learning
  • Classroom games and activities
  • Exam preparation videos
  • Videos to help develop speaking, listening and communicating skills

Take a look at the clips to get a feel for the content available to you and your learners.

SmartScreen Maths And English show reel (YouTube)

SmartScreen Maths and English Walkthrough (YouTube)

Fast Track

Already delivering Functional Skills 3748? You can apply for Fast Track approval for Functional Skills 4748.

Find out how >

Functional Skills FAQs

Do you have any questions around our new reformed Functional Skills (4748) qualifications?

Read our FAQs >

CPD events 

New! Teaching & Learning English CPD events are available now.

Register today >

Contact Us

E: centresupport@cityandguilds.com

T: 0844 543 0000

For more information on offering our qualifications at your organisation, visit our Offer our qualifications page.