Ascentis Level 1 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 obtain information from a variety of sources
  • use this information to show understanding of the texts
  • discuss ideas and responses.


  • write in a variety of styles for different audiences and purposes
  • write accurately and to make decisions about the structure and format of a written response
  • check text for errors and then revise work accordingly, producing a final legible draft


  • develop a sound grasp of basic language patterns
  • be able to spell words with regular and irregular spelling patterns
  • be able to check for and correct errors in text

Grammar and Punctuation

  • learn how to construct grammatically correct sentences
  • know how punctuation can affect /alter meaning
  • be able to recognise and correct errors related to grammar and punctuation

Receiving and Responding to Information

  • receive information and respond in an appropriate way
  • ask questions to clarify their understanding
  • confirm their own and others’ understanding.


  • communicate with others in a range of situations
  • engage 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 Level 1 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.