NCFE Entry Level 3 Digital Functional Skills
About this qualification
The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate an understanding of, and competency in, the digital functional skills they need in real life. It will enable learners to engage with digital services and products in everyday life.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for learners aged 14 and above.
How is it assessed?
Online assessment approval:
This qualification is externally assessed using our online assessment system. In order to book and deliver external assessments securely on-screen, you must be approved for online assessment. Please complete the online assessment registration form here.
Please note: you must be registered for online assessment and approved to offer this qualification in order to register learners on this qualification.
This qualification is externally set and externally marked.
Section 1 (knowledge):
• external: externally set, externally marked multiple-choice question (MCQ)/short-answer question (SAQ) paper, completed under externally assessed conditions
Section 2 (skills):
• external: externally set, externally assessed task-based assessment, completed under externally assessed conditions
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to Level 1 Digital Functional Skills.
Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
Online assessment samples and support overview
We are working on providing sample assessment materials and other support guidance over the coming weeks. We will have available resource in the following areas:
• schemes of work
• sample assessments
• initial/diagnostic assessments
• teaching and learning resources
• CPD sessions
To learn more about the requirements of the qualification and what you need to deliver it, we are running weekly ‘Prep to Teach’ online sessions for free. To sign up, please click here for more information.
Entry Level 3 supporting documentation
Our sample assessments are available in-browser and are accessible using a weblink above. There is no need to schedule or use a keycode.
All content within the sample assessments is modelled on live assessments. Mark schemes for all sample papers are provided to allow centres to mark on completion. This allows you to identify learners’ strengths and weaknesses to ensure individualised skills plans can be made using the outcomes of the practice assessments.
In-browser practice assessments allow learners to gain familiarity with the NCFE onscreen platform. Please note that these tests are simulation only, and therefore learners will not be able to fully complete the uploading of documents to the platform, as they will in relevant tasks in the live assessments.
Note-If you wish to mark learner responses from an in-browser practice assessment, responses will need to be captured at the end of the sitting or screenshots throughout to facilitate this. Any learner responses inputted into an in-browser assessment cannot be retrieved once the browser has been closed.
Digital Functional Skills Entry Level 3 Schemes of Work
Five exemplary schemes of work covering each of the five themes of the Entry Level 3 Digital Functional Skills Qualification. The schemes of work typically have sessions of 120 minutes and together cover all 55 GLH of the qualification.
Digital Functional Skills Entry Level 3 Sample Pack
Includes an exemplary scheme of work covering one of the five themes, a 120-minute PowerPoint session and accompanying learner worksheet.
Digital Functional Skills Entry Level 3/Level 1 mapping document
A tutor guide mapping Entry Level 3 and Level 1 sessions for a mixed level workshop delivery.