Digital functional skills qualifications: proposed subject content

Closed 11 Jul 2019

Opened 16 May 2019

Feedback updated 29 Oct 2021

We asked

We sought views on the proposed subject content for new digital Functional Skills qualifications, specifically on progression, skills, knowledge and understanding needed for everyday life and work.

You said

There was a high level of support for the subject content with most respondents agreeing with our proposals. However, respondents also provided suggestions for how the subject content could be improved. The main feedback being the inclusion of specific knowledge and skills in the subject content, the difficulty of delivering and assessing some of the subject content statements, and a lack of clarity around the expected scope and range of subject content statements.

We did

Each suggestion has been carefully considered and we have worked with sector stakeholders and subject experts to revise the subject content following this consultation. On the basis of the responses to the consultation, the Department for Education will publish the subject content for digital FSQs.

The consultation response sets out the feedback received and explains the changes made and decisions taken to finalise the subject content. Full details of the changes made to the consultation are at Annex B of the consultation response.


The Department for Education is seeking views on the proposed subject content for new digital functional skills qualifications.

Why your views matter

The Government is reforming functional skills qualifications to improve their relevance and content, and to build their recognition and credibility in the labour market.  

The consultation document asks questions on the proposed content for new digital functional skills qualifications. These will replace ICT functional skills qualifications from 2021.

In parallel with this consultation, Ofqual, the examinations regulator, is consulting on revised regulatory requirements.


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