The purpose of the Functional Skills English Level 1 qualification is to prepare the learner for work, study and life. Learners who achieve this qualification will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English.
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A key aim for Functional Skills English specifications is that they should enable the learner to develop confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, English. Learners should be able to demonstrate their competence in English by using it in real-world situations as well as demonstrating a sound grasp of basic English knowledge and skills. The purpose of Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications are to prepare for work, study and life. Achievement of the qualification demonstrates the ability at an appropriate level to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English, and to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in other real life situations.
A ‘Pass’ in Functional Skills qualifications are alternatives to GCSE Grades 4 (former GCSE Grade C). Our Functional Skills English qualifications, available at Levels 1 & 2 will equip you with the skills to understand, read, write and speak English at a level suitable for both personal and professional life.
There are no specific entry requirements set by the awarding body.
This qualification is assessed via 2 external assessments and one controlled assessment.
The external assessments cover the following components:
The controlled assessment covers the following component:
* This course is free for people who live in London and work either part or full time for SME
For eligible learners, the qualification is free of charge. For more information about eligibility, please call our team on 020 8472 6060.
A lot of learners are who are looking to get in to university or work are finding it difficult to do so because they do not have a GCSE Grade C or equivalent in Maths, English and ICT. This qualification is designed to address exactly that.
This qualification is suitable for learners studying the following:
For more information about career development and how we can help, please speak to one of our advisers at 020 8472 6060.
This depends on your circumstances and the funding stream that are available at the time. We strongly advise you to speak to our adviser at 020 8472 6060.
We have courses running every month therefore we advise you to speak to our advisors at 020 8472 6060 and book a place.
The typical duration of the courses are 15-20 weeks including the examinations. This may vary because of awarding body restrictions on when examinations can take place.
These courses are assessed externally – which means there are examinations. The examinations dates are arranged by us after the end of the course.
Sometimes learners fail an examination because of difficult personal circumstances and if needed, you are welcome to speak to our trained advisors confidentially about these and we can arrange for support where possible. We strongly advise learners to speak to our advisors about anything that may hamper your learning as soon as possible so we can arrange for support. That said, there are options for 1 re-sit for most qualifications free of charge.
Mostly yes. Every university has their own entry requirements which can be found on their own website. If you need support in choosing the right university / higher education programme, you are welcome to speak to our trained advisors