Ascentis Entry Level 2 Award, Extended Award and Certificate in English Skills

Course content

Students complete two units out of those below. A tutor will recommend, following discussions, the most appropriate units to study, based on individual English skills profile.


  • read and understand short, straightforward texts on familiar subjects
  • use linking words to follow instruction and directions
  • identify the different purposes of texts
  • use alphabetical order, illustrations and captions to understand information


  • learn how to use written words and phrases to record or present information
  • begin to recognise an intended audience
  • be able to produce legible text.


  • spell basic plurals
  • form the endings of past and present verb tenses
  • use common prefixes
  • spell words using common consonant and vowel sounds
  • spell their own personal details correctly
  • spell common familiar words

Grammar and Punctuation

  • write simple sentences and join them using a common conjunction
  • understand and use adjectives
  • use basic punctuation marks
  • use capital letters for proper nouns

Receiving and Responding to Information

  • listen carefully and respond appropriately
  • follow the gist and find detail in short explanations, instructions and narratives
  • be able to respond to questions and engage meaningfully in conversations.


  • communicate in a range of situations
  • demonstrate the skills required to take part in discussion

Who is the course for?

People aged 16 – 18

People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan

This is a stepping stone qualification and is aimed at learners who may have gained an Entry Level 2 qualification but may need some additional time to develop their English skills before moving up to the next level.

Assessment method

There will be exams at the end of this course.

Future opportunities / career options

Progression to further English qualifications.