Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English

NCFE Aim Reference: 60350581 GLH: 55 Age Restriction: Pre-16
Qualification Number: 603/5058/1 TQT: 66
Level: 1 Minimum Credits: 7


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. Learners will be able to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in real-life situations.

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Functional Skills English qualifications enable learners to develop confidence and fluency in and a positive attitude towards English. Learners will be able to competently use English in the real world and gain a sound grasp of basic English knowledge and skills.

They also help learners progress into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life.

They’re suitable for a range of learners and are fundamental for completing various qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for learners studying the following:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Study Programme
  • Alternative to GCSE
  • T-Levels
  • As a standalone qualification

Aims and Objectives

Functional Skills English qualifications at this level indicate that learners should be able to speak, listen, communicate, read and write clearly, accurately, confidently, and with effectiveness. They should be able to:

  • Listen, understand and make relevant contributions to discussions with others in a range of contexts
  • Apply their understanding of language to adapt delivery and content to suit the audience and purpose
  • Read a range of different text types confidently and fluently, applying their knowledge and understanding of texts to their own writing
  • Write texts of varying complexity, with accuracy, effectiveness, and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Understand the situations when and audiences for which planning, drafting, and using formal language are important and when they are less important.

Learners should be able to use these functional skills autonomously, applying them to a range of formal and informal contexts, in the workplace and in real life.

A key aspect of developing knowledge and skills in English at Level 1 is to be able to start to communicate with confidence, effectiveness and an increasing level of independence.


Qualification Structure

This qualification is assessed via two external assessments and one controlled assessment.

The external assessments cover the following components:

– Reading

– Writing

The controlled assessment covers the following component:

– Speaking, Listening and Communicating

Further Learning Opportunities

Learners who achieve Level 1 Functional Skills in English could progress to:

– NCFE Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English

– NCFE Level 2 Award in English

– NCFE Level 2 Certificate in English

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