Level 2 Certificate in English

NCFE Aim Reference: 60115683 GLH: 130 Age Restriction: Pre-16
Qualification Number:601/1568/3 TQT: 130 Registration End Date:  31/07/2022
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 13

The qualification is currently under development and the new version will be available for registrations from 1/08/2022


This qualification has been designed to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the 3 main areas of English: speaking and listening, reading, and writing.

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. The qualification is designed for adult learners who’ve not achieved GCSE (A*–C) or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and who wish to take their first qualification in the subject. The qualification will support learners with an identified skills gap in English and can be used to support progression to GCSE (A*–C) or Level 2 Functional Skills in English. The qualification may also be suitable for those learners still in education, ie 16–18 year olds, who’ve not achieved GCSE (A*–C) or Level 2 Functional Skills in English. The qualification could also be used by pre-16 learners who aren’t following a traditional GCSE route in education. This qualification can also support learners undertaking a vocational programme to develop their skills in English. The qualification could be taken by learners following a GCSE programme of learning who are not yet ready to take GCSE-level studies in English.

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Aims and Objectives

The qualification aims to:

  • provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and skills to support the development of their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • support progression into GCSE or level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • listen and respond to others
  • speak to others
  • participate in discussions
  • understand text
  • compose texts
  • construct sentences
  • respond to creative texts

Qualification Structure

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in English, learners are required to successfully complete 7 mandatory units.

To achieve this qualification, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification. The level 2 English qualification suite offers a number of single-unit awards, themed awards and a certificate based on the following units:

– Listening and responding to others (Y/505/6674)

– Speaking to others (D/505/6675)

– Participating in discussions (H/505/6676)

– Understanding texts (M/505/6678)

– Responding to creative texts (K/505/6680)

– Constructing sentences (K/505/6677)

– Composing texts (T/505/6679)

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