NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English
- Preparation for Life and Work
- Level 1
- Minimum entry age
Important: This reformed Functional Skills qualification has completed Ofqual’s technical evaluation process. Registrations and assessment bookings are now available. You can use the below support materials, including schemes of work, to help you plan and prepare for teaching and delivery.
About this qualification:
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.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for learners studying the following:
• Alternative to GCSE
• As a standalone qualification
There are no pre-entry requirements for this qualification and no minimum age requirement has been set for registration.
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:
• Speaking, Listening and Communicating
Online assessment is available for this qualification, and live online assessments are now bookable. Please visit our Online Assessment page for further information.
Sample assessments can now be scheduled on our Surpass platform.
Regulations for the Conduct of External and Controlled Assessments
Qualification Specific Instructions for Delivery
External Assessment Timetable
Access to Scripts
Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy
Direct Claim Status (DCS)
Contextualised Assessment Request Form
Department for Education Subject Content for English
- Speaking, Listening and Communicating
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