You can get ahead in work, education or daily life by building your English skills with the Functional Skills qualifications.  These qualifications are offered from Entry level 1 – level 2, teaching anything from the very basics to more advanced skills. This qualification is part of the apprenticeship framework.

Entry 1 – Entry 3 will suit you if you’d like to start with the basics by familiarising yourself with the language and tools involved, and subsequently begin to build your skills to solve straightforward problems. It will give you support and guidance before moving on to level 1

Level 1 – level 2 will suit you if you have some knowledge and basic skills and are ready to handle more complex problems, involving familiar and unfamiliar contexts. You’d like to learn how to express, understand or apply more advanced concepts or ideas.

 

Structure for Entry level 1

  • Internally assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication: up to 10 minutes
  • Two internally set and marked assessments (paper-based)

Reading: 30 mins, Writing: 30 mins

 

Skill Standard for Entry level 1

Speaking, Listening and Communication
Participate in and understand the main points of simple discussions/exchanges about familiar topics with another person in a familiar situation

Reading
Read and understand short, simple texts that explain or recount information

Writing
Write short, simple sentences

 

Structure for Entry level 1

  • Internally assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication: 10-20 minutes
  • Two internally set and marked assessments (paper-based)

Reading: 40 mins, Writing: 40 mins

Skill Standard for Entry level 2

Speaking, listening and communication
Participate in discussions/exchanges about familiar topics, making active contributions, with one or more people in familiar situations

Reading
Read and understand straightforward texts that explain, inform or recount information

Writing
Write short texts with some awareness of the intended audience

 

Structure for Entry level 3

  • Internally assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication: up to 30 minutes
  • Two internally set and marked assessments (paper-based)

Reading: 40 mins, Writing: 40 mins

Skill Standard for Entry level 3

Speaking, listening and communication
Respond appropriately to others and make some extended contributions in familiar formal and informal discussions and exchanges

Reading
Read and understand straightforward texts that explain, inform or recount information

Writing
Write texts with some adaptation to the intended audience

 

Structure for level 1

  • Internally assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication: up to 30 minutes
  • Two externally set and marked assessments (on-screen or paper-based)

Reading: 1 hour, Writing: 1 hour

Skill Standard for level 1

Speaking, listening and communication
The candidate will need to have two discussions as part of a group. One discussion must be formal and one informal; one discussion must be based on a familiar topic and one on an unfamiliar topic.

Reading
Read and understand a range of straightforward texts

Writing
Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience (Informal)
Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience (Formal)

 

Structure for level 2

  • Internally assessed Speaking, Listening and Communication: up to 30 minutes
  • Two externally set and marked assessments (on-screen or paper-based)

Reading: 1 hour, Writing: 1 ¼  hour

Skill Standard for level 2

Speaking, listening and communication
The candidate will need to have one discussion as part of a group. The discussion should be based on an unfamiliar topic. The candidate will need to prepare a short talk or presentation on a familiar topic.

Reading
Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions

Writing
Write a range of texts, including extended writing documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively. (Persuasive text)
Write a range of texts, including extended writing documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively. (Complex subjects)