Functional Skills

NOCN Functional Skills qualifications in English, maths and ICT are designed to give learners the essential, practical skills they need to get on in life, and work effectively.

Maths and English are essential skills with ICT and digital communications becoming equally important. Functional skills empower people by improving their reading, writing, speaking and communications, both in person and through a digital medium such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The key to comprehension for many people is the application of functional skills and knowledge:

  • How does maths work in the real world?
  • What is the point of learning English?
  • How is this knowledge relevant?

Functional Skills are applied, practical, and relevant and can be tailored to suit the needs of an individual. From speaking clearly to give health and safety instruction, to working out a customer’s change; from emailing a report to your manager to updating a social media status – all of these require competence in Function Skills and NOCN has a suite of relevant qualification to suit all levels.

NOCN Functional Skills Qualifications

NOCN Functional Skills Resources

There are many resources available for registered NOCN Functional Skills Centres to assist in the design and delivery of courses, including test papers, sample assessments, guidance on quality assurance and invigilation and live external assessments.

Coming in Spring 2016 - online testing with FS-LIVE

Many of our learners are mature and have struggled whilst at school, and find the NOCN qualifications and units have given them a second chance.

Ros Jackson
Sunderland College