Digital Functional Skills Qualifications

City & Guilds’ new Digital Functional Skills Qualifications (DFSQs) are now available

You can watch a recording of our introductory webinar where we shared a first look at our new offer and how we will be supporting you to deliver these new qualifications. You can find the recording on the Skills for Work and Life Resource Hub

We have created a document which includes frequently asked questions and the answers.

You can also find key documents such as the Qualification Handbook and the Guidance for Delivery under the Documents tab on the 4748 qualification page.

Further webinars will be offered starting in September where we will explore the qualification content in more detail and look at our Initial Assessment tool.

Available at Entry Level 3 and Level 1, these qualifications replace the existing Functional Skills ICT qualifications and are the new funded offer in the digital space at Level 1 and below, alongside Essential Digital Skills qualifications.

Digital FS qualifications are designed to:

  • Provide reliable evidence of a learner’s achievements against content that is relevant to the workplace and real life
  • Provide assessment of a learner’s knowledge and skills as well as their ability to apply these in different contexts
  • Provide a foundation for progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life 

What is covered in DFSQs?

Digital Functional Skills qualifications are based on subject content devised by the Department for Education and can be found on their website.

How will DFSQs be assessed?

Both Entry Level 3 and Level 1 are assessed by an externally set marked assessment which is delivered on-screen through our e-assessment platform, Evolve. As with Functional Skills English and Maths, the assessments are graded as either a pass or fail.

Who are DFSQs aimed at?

DFSQs are available for learners aged 16-18 as part of their study programmes and are funded for adults under the Adult Education Budget (AEB). 

We will be sharing more information soon. Make sure you are signed up for email updates for Functional Skills.

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Or for more information on delivering our qualifications, visit our dedicated page.