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Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 (Reformed)


Functional skills qualifications have been reformed. As a result of this, Highfield Qualifications launched the reformed Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 on 1 September 2019.

In light of this, the Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 (601/7674/X) has been withdrawn. The certification end date for the legacy qualification is 31 July 2021.

The reformed qualification includes 3 mandatory components:

Speaking, listening and communication

This component is internally assessed and quality assured by the centre and externally moderated by Highfield.

Learners must complete 2 assessed tasks:

  • a formal presentation and Q&A
  • a group discussion

Tutors/assessors record observational evidence of the assessment on the Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2: Speaking, Listening and Communication Assessment Record.

Reading

Learners must complete 1 written examination that is set, marked and moderated by Highfield.

Writing

Learners must complete 1 written examination that is set, marked and moderated by Highfield.

The reading and writing examinations will be available on demand in either on screen or paper-based formats.

Complimentary resources

Learners will receive complimentary access to an online functional skills resource that hosts a range of engaging English materials to support learners, including initial assessments, tutorials and interactive learning resources. Please contact your Highfield account manager to take advantage of this offer.

Using Calculators and Dictionaries during Covid-19

In line with government guidance, we have adjusted our policies on the use of calculators and dictionaries during Functional Skills exams.

It is now possible for learners to bring their own calculator or dictionary with them for a Functional Skills exam, in order to minimise contact with a communal item. However, to ensure consistency and fairness, centres must ensure that both calculators and dictionaries comply with Highfield’s standard practice of acceptable equipment, i.e. Calculators must be basic with only four main functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Calculators with scientific or advanced functions are not permitted. Centres must also ensure there are no written notes within dictionaries or anything that could provide a learner with an unfair advantage.

Please note that it is still permissible for learners to use calculators or dictionaries provided by a centre, however, centres must ensure they follow government guidelines for hygiene and cleansing of these items of equipment.

Practice Examinations

Our practice examinations are available to support learners in their preparation for their examination of functional skills and are available in both paper-based and on screen formats. On screen practice examinations help learners to familiarise themselves with the various features of the system such as how to navigate through the exam and text formatting options. Please however note that on screen practice examinations are for familiarisation purposes only and responses cannot be saved. Therefore, if a tutor would like to mark the learner’s responses they must review the learner’s answers prior to the learner finishing the examination.

Please click on the links below to access the practice examinations:

Level 2 Reading Practice Examination Mark Scheme
Level 2 Writing Practice Examination Mark Scheme

Level 2 Reading Practice Examination (paper-based)
Level 2 Writing Practice Examination (paper-based)

To access the on-screen mock exams, please click on the following link www.highfieldcore.com and then select the 'Mock exams' option.