NCFE

NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English

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603/5058/1
Sector:
Preparation for Life and Work
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Support Materials Qualification Specification

Level
Level 1
Minimum entry age
Pre-16
GLH
55
TQT
66

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 draft support materials, including schemes of work, to help you plan and prepare for teaching and delivery. Please note that these materials are currently subject to change.

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:

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

Entry requirements

There are no pre-entry requirements for this qualification and no minimum age requirement has been set for registration.

Qualification structure:

This qualification is assessed via 2 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

Online Assessments

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.

Useful Links

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

Events

Skills Forward

Department for Education Subject Content for English


Qualification Specification

This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Functional Skills Fact Sheet - Level 1 and 2 English

This document provides an overview of our Functional Skills English offering at Level 1 and Level 2.

Overview of Changes in Functional Skills

Here's a helpful summary of all of the key changes to the Functional Skills process.

12 Step Distribution of Controlled Assessment

This document outlines the steps centres need to take to access, distribute and manage their controlled assessments.

Guidance for Booking Controlled Assessments

This document outlines the steps centres need to take to book learners onto their controlled assessments.

Functional Skills Writing Guide - Adapting NCFE Devised Internal Assessment Activities

This document will help centres to devise or contextualise assessment tasks, where permitted.

Invigilation Changes

This document outlines some of the changes and FAQs around Functional Skills invigilation.

Support Handbook

This document contains supporting information that relates to NCFE and CACHE qualifications to assist in planning, delivery and assessment, and must be used alongside the Qualification Specification.

Controlled Assessment Pack 1 - Level 1 English

This folder contains one live controlled assessment pack for the Speaking, Listening and Communicating component. Please use the password provided on the bookings screen in our Portal to access these assessments.

Controlled Assessment Pack 2 - Level 1 English

This folder contains one live controlled assessment pack for the Speaking, Listening and Communicating component. Please use the password provided on the bookings screen in our Portal to access these assessments.

Sample Question Paper (Writing) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Mark Scheme (Writing) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Question Paper (Reading) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Mark Scheme (Reading) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Activity (SLC) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Learner Observation and Achievement Record (SLC) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Assessment Grid (SLC) - Level 1 Functional Skills English

This is a draft version of a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Assessment Activity Template - Level 1 SLC

This is an activity template for centres to contextualise a controlled assessment.

Assessment Topics

Please find a list of controlled assessment topics for our Reformed Functional Skills qualifications.

Assessment Tracking Document

This tracking document must be completed by the Centre's designated person for each controlled assessment event within the Centre.

Assessor Instructions and Guidance - Speaking, Listening and Communicating

This document is designed to assist centres in the delivery and assessment of the Speaking, Listening and Communicating controlled assessment of the reformed NCFE Functional Skills English qualifications.

Mandatory units

  1. Speaking, Listening and Communicating
  2. Reading
  3. Writing

There's a range of available resources you can download or purchase

NCFE L1 Functional Skills English Resources

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NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English - Scheme of Work

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NCFE Functional Skills English Glossary

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