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Digital Functional Skills qualifications

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Digital Functional Skills qualifications

The subject content, aims and learning objectives for digital functional skills qualifications from 2021 have now been published.

The document from the Department for Education sets out the purpose, learning aims and outcomes, and subject content common to Digital Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs) at Entry Level and Level 1. It provides the framework within which awarding organisations create the detail of their specifications.

The subject content  reflects the skills set out in the national standards for essential digital skills. Digital FSQs will be based on Entry level and Level 1 subject content and will sit alongside Essential Digital Skills Qualifications, as part of the government’s adult digital offer. First teaching is planned for August 2023.


Ofqual is currently consulting on the remaining policy proposals and draft Conditions, Requirements and Guidance for the new Digital FSQs. The consultation will be open for 9 weeks starting on 25 November 2021 and ending on 27 January 2022. You can read more about Ofqual’s proposals and access and respond to the consultation here.

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