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Functional Skills. Update. Claire Graham Mobile: 07789 746122 Cheryl Woods Separate assessments for Entry, Level 1 and Level 2.

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Claire Graham

Mobile: 07789 746122

Cheryl Woods


Separate assessments for Entry, Level 1 and Level 2

Assessment opportunities in Jan and May to be increased as the qualification moves out of pilot phase

Edexcel’s Assessment Overview

Majority of units are externally marked

Five -day assessment window for ICT

Detailed feedback through ResultsPlus

Currently trialling onscreen and working towards assessment on demand

Free practice assessments

Alternative adult assessment model to be piloted from 2009

achievement attainment tables
Achievement & Attainment Tables

Level 1

Each qualification is worth 12.5 points

Equivalent to short course GCSE

Level 2

Each qualification is worth 23 points

Equivalent to short course GCSE

Entry 1 = 5 points

Entry 2 = 6 points

Entry 3 = 7 points

Entry Level

What does this mean?

  • Increases school attainment
  • Level 2 worth ½ GCSE grade B
  • Each Functional Skill is equivalent to half a GCSE at Level 1/ Level 2
  • Achievement at all three FS worth 1.5 GCSEs combine with ALAN and students achieve 2.5 GCSEs
functional skills entry level
Functional Skills: Entry Level

Available Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3

Start teaching Jan 09

First assessment May 09

Entry 1, 2 & 3 similar to the ALAN Entry assessment model, on demand, small bite sized controlled assessment, internally assessed/externally verified. Detailed samples can be found on FS website

ALAN Entry samples:

functional english assessment
Functional English – Assessment

UNITS 1&2:

Separate test papers for reading and writing (from June 2009)

Separate tests for Level 1 (2 x 35 mins each) and Level 2 (2 x 45 mins each)

Long, short and MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

Externally marked by Edexcel


Speaking and Listening internally marked. Guidance for speaking + listening in English, in exemplar tasks

Internally verified, rolling programme of external verification

english 2010
English 2010
  • A third English GCSE!
      • English
      • English Language
      • English Literature
  • Functional English
  • Visit our new English website:

English GCSE 2010

  • We are working closely with key stakeholders and teachers to ensure our new GCSE English qualifications motivate and engage students of all abilities
  • Our GCSE English, English Studies and English Literature pilots have informed the features of the new GCSE English qualifications
  • These new GCSEs will be flexible and well supported providing teachers with courses they can build to better meet their students’ interests and needs
  • If you would like to help inform and contribute to the shape of future GCSE English qualifications please join our upcoming focus groups
  • Register your interest by email:
functional mathematics overview
Functional mathematics - Overview

Separate tests for Level 1 and 2

Single paper test (1 hour 15mins) for each level

Externally marked by Edexcel

Will have open response and multiple choice questions

Will be assessed in a range of contexts

Calculators allowed

functional mathematics assessment
Functional mathematics - Assessment

Assesses the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical skills for a purpose and within a real life context

Assesses how students choose the right operation for:

Solving problems

Processing calculations

Interpreting and explaining situations

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Functional mathematics - Assessment

Thematic tasks (three per paper) e.g. ‘vegetable patch’

Tasks combined with test style items

Designed for On-screen assessment

Language simple and direct

Level of reading below assessment level

what s changing for 2010
What’s changing for 2010?
  • GCSE Mathematics will be tiered and include functional mathematics content requirements at levels 1 and 2

for regular updates go to our website at:

  • ‘Twinned’ GCSE Mathematics pilot
  • BTEC award in mathematical applications goes live
  • Functional Mathematics will also be introduced as a stand-alone qualification
functional ict overview
Functional ICT - Overview

Encourages people to demonstrate their ICT skills in a range of contexts and purposes

Encourages learners to apply and transfer skills in ways that are appropriate to their situation

Five levels: Entry 1, 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2

In order to achieve the qualification learners must demonstrate their competence in three skills areas:

Using ICT systems

Finding and selecting information

Developing, presenting and communicating information

functional ict structure
Functional ICT structure

In order to achieve the qualification learners must demonstrate their competence in three skills areas:

using ICT systems

finding and selecting information

developing, presenting and communicating information

Five Levels – Entry 1 to 3, Level 1 and 2

3 day window for assessment in January and June series during pilot – moving toward larger windows and multiple assessment opportunities

functional ict assessment
Functional ICT - Assessment

Unit 1:

Separate tests for Level 1 and Level 2

Single computer based set test: 2 hours including printing time for each level

Externally marked by Edexcel

Comprising three or four linked practical tasks that learners must complete using standard office software

Unit 2:

In addition to the test, centres confirm candidates have met specific aspects during the course of their study such as Health & Safety and security of information

Assessment feedback Please see Principal Examiners Report for good practice. In general candidates need to practice using data files (specifically text files), use their time well in relation to the marks to be gained for a question and to demonstrate better use of formulae in spreadsheets

changes for 2010
Changes for 2010
  • New GCSE ICT

  • Functional ICT


  • Edexcel Diploma
    • Principal Learning in IT
support for functional skills
Support for Functional Skills

Portfolio of materials and resources for guidance and support including:

Curriculum modelling as stand alone and with other subjects

Practice assessment materials & teacher guidance

Online teaching and learning resources/textbooks

Examples, content exemplification and case studies

Dedicated Support team contactable by phone or email

Free induction training and non-pilot briefings

Email alerts

Ask the expert and FAQs

Termly newsletter and email updates

Free web based analysis - Results Plus

functional skills feedback
Functional Skills Feedback

“Looking forward to doing it next time. The best ICT course I've found so far for our learners and we plan to use some of the support materials and standards in our whole school New Curriculum activities“

“The whole idea of FS is very good and delivery and testing will no doubt become easier with time and the new KS3 strategy. Once my cohort had had some experience of the style of questions prior to the exam they found that they preferred this as 'they could see the point in it”

“ We planned to use another provider but due to the high level of support given by Edexcel we changed.”

edexcel s resultsplus service
Edexcel’s ResultsPlus service

Look forward to better exam results

ResultsPlus is specifically designed to help you measure exactly how well your students are performing

  • It shows you where to make improvements
  • Whole class analysis to help future teaching
  • Individual student analysis to help with resits and future learning
what about non pilot centres
What about non-pilot centres?

We have a FS Development Programme that provides:

Email updates, newsletters, case studies, curriculum models, guidance, invitations to FS events

Information on pilot centre activities

Access to the free teacher and student resources

The opportunity to feedback and comment on developments and assessment

To join either email:

or visit the website and complete an Expression of Interest Form

functional skills support
Functional Skills Support

Ask the Expert puts you in direct email contact with Senior Subject Examiners


Edexcel dedicated Pilots Team

Edexcel Dedicated non-pilot support

Edexcel Telephone Support: FS Line - 0844 576 0028

Pilot centres’ Core support provided by LSIS & Secondary National Strategies (SNS) to support & prepare FS practitioners to deliver FS

edexcel training events briefings
Edexcel Training Events & Briefings

Available for all pilot centres and non pilot centres

Separate events for ICT, English and maths

Edexcel Pilot training events take place Spring 09

Customised training available

All functional skills training and support being offered will be signposted on the DCSF online calendar. Visit:

FSDP (Non-pilot) training events to take place Spring 09

want to know more
Want to know more?
  • Complete an Expression of Interest form
  • or please email:
  • Visit the website:
  • Contact your Edexcel Regional Office or Curriculum Development Manager