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Rules set for new digital functional skills qualifications  

Functional Skills , Digital Skills , Assessment , Accreditation
New digital functional skills qualifications 

Ofqual has confirmed how it will regulate new qualifications designed to assess the core digital skills needed for life and work.

The new digital functional skills qualifications will be available for teaching from August 2023, at entry level 3 and level 1. Ofqual will work with awarding organisations to ensure a smooth introduction.

The confirmation follows Ofqual’s consultation on proposals for the regulation of the new digital functional skills qualifications, which are being introduced by the Department for Education. They will replace the existing functional skills qualifications in Information Computer Technology.

Key points

Ofqual has decided to implement all the proposals, which include:

  • setting a minimum weighting of 70% of marks to be achieved through the assessment of practical digital skills
  • assessments must be designed so they are authentic and relevant to today’s workplace and everyday life
  • assessments will be delivered on-screen and online, but paper-based assessment materials will be permitted in exceptional circumstances

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You can find out more about the new digital functional skills qualifications here

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