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NCFE Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English

Ref:
603/5054/4
Sector:
Preparation for Life and Work

Level
Level 2
Minimum entry age
Pre-16
GLH
55
TQT
66

About this qualification:

The purpose of the Functional Skills English Level 2 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
• Study Programme
• 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 Assessment

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

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

Functional Skills Mapping Document - Level 2 English
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This document maps the Department for Education's subject content for reformed Functional Skills qualifications to the legacy Functional Skills subject content.

Functional Skills Writing Guide - Adapting NCFE Devised Internal Assessment Activities
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This document will help centres to devise or contextualise assessment tasks, where permitted.

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

Support Handbook
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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.

Steps to Booking Controlled Assessments - Guidance for Centres
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This document outlines the steps centres need to take to book learners onto their controlled assessments.

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

Controlled Assessment Pack 1 - Level 2 English
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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 2 English
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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 3 - Level 2 English
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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 4 - Level 2 English
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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 5 - Level 2 English
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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 6 - Level 2 English
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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 7 - Level 2 English
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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 8 - Level 2 English
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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 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Mark Scheme (Writing) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Question Paper (Reading) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Mark Scheme (Reading) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Sample Activity (SLC) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Learner Observation and Achievement Record (SLC) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This Learner Observation and Achievement Record (SLC) must be completed for each learner and made available for internal and external quality assurance purposes.

Sample Assessment Grid (SLC) - Level 2 Functional Skills English
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This is a sample assessment material for this new Functional Skills qualification.

Assessment Activity Template - Level 2 SLC
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This is an activity template for centres to contextualise a controlled assessment.

Assessment Tracking Document
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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
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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.

Chief Examiner Report (Reading) (On-screen) - October 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the October 2019 on-screen external assessment paper.

Chief Examiner Report (Writing) (On-screen) - October 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the October 2019 on-screen external assessment paper.

Chief Examiner Report (Reading) - 14-18 October 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 14-18 October 2019 paper-based external assessment paper.

Chief Examiner Report (Writing) - 14-18 October 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 14-18 October 2019 paper-based external assessment paper.

External Assessment Question Paper (Reading) - 14-18 October 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Mark Scheme (Reading) - 14-18 October 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Question Paper (Writing) - 14-18 October 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Mark Scheme (Writing) - 14-18 October 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report (Reading) - 9-13 December 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 9-13 December 2019 paper-based external assessment paper.

Chief Examiner Report (Writing) - 9-13 December 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 9-13 December 2019 paper-based external assessment paper.

External Assessment Question Paper (Reading) - 9-13 December 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Mark Scheme (Reading) - 9-13 December 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Question Paper (Writing) - 9-13 December 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

External Assessment Mark Scheme (Writing) - 9-13 December 2019
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report (Reading) - 24-28 February 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 24-28 February 2020 paper-based external assessment paper

Chief Examiner Report (Writing) - 24-28 February 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the 24-28 February 2020 paper-based external assessment.

Mandatory units

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

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