The reformed Functional Skills will come into force in September 2019, with a transitional period of one year. bksb will be creating new Functional Skills courses written to the standards and these will be ready for September 2019.
There are considerable changes to the content, with new content being added and some content being removed. Some of the content has moved levels and elements of GCSE have been added.
The levels will change with the reform: Level 1 will be more like a Level 1½ and Level 2 will be more like a Level 2½. The following table shows how the levels are aligned with the national curriculum key stages:
The new assessments are still to be finalised, but it is understood that there is to be more parity between the awarding bodies and fewer awarding bodies offering the qualifications.