Ascentis Functional Skills Qualifications Achieve Ofqual Approval

Ascentis is incredibly thrilled and proud to announce that our English and Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications have successfully passed Ofqual's rigorous technical evaluation. This milestone enables us to offer these essential qualifications to education providers nationwide, empowering learners to advance in their educational journeys and seize new opportunities in the workforce and further training. A special thank you to Centres who have participated in the development of the qualifications and we continue to offer assessment pre-testing to interested Centres.

Why Choose Ascentis English and Mathematics Functional Skills?

Ascentis Functional Skills qualifications offer some unique advantages in the educational landscape:

  1. Born-Digital Excellence: Our qualifications are designed for the digital age, offering seamless delivery and verification processes. This ensures a modern, efficient, and user-friendly experience for both educators and learners.
  2. On-Demand Online Assessments: Flexibility is key, and with Ascentis, assessments are available whenever learners are ready. Coupled with comprehensive practice and support materials, this ensures that every learner has the tools they need to succeed.
  3. Contemporary Content: Our assessments feature contemporary content that is relevant to today's learners. The evolving assessment platform ensures that materials are always up-to-date and accessible to all.
  4. Remote Invigilation: To provide maximum flexibility, we offer a remote invigilation option. This allows learners to complete their assessments from any location, ensuring that geographical barriers do not hinder their educational journey.
  5. Robust Development Process: The development of our qualifications is underpinned by a rigorous peer-review process, ensuring that they meet high standards of quality and relevance.

Phil Wilkinson, Group CEO at Ascentis, said "We are immensely proud to have received Ofqual approval for our English and Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team, as well as the invaluable support from our participating Centres. At Ascentis, we believe that education should empower learners to reach their full potential, and these qualifications are designed to do just that. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to our staff, team members, and Centres who have made this milestone possible. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to enhance educational outcomes nationwide."

Empowering Learners and Providers

Ascentis Functional Skills qualifications are designed to be a springboard for learners, helping them to progress within their educational journeys and seize opportunities in the world of work and further training. By choosing Ascentis, education providers can offer their learners qualifications that are not only fit for purpose but also delivered through innovative and accessible means.

If you are interested in delivering these qualifications or would like more information please contact us.

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