Functional Skills Qualification in English (Entry 1)

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Course content

Mandatory units:


  • Understand short texts on familiar topics and experiences
  • Read and understand simple, regular words


  • Use written words and phrases to present information
  • Construct simple sentences and punctuate using capital letters and full stops
  • Spell correctly some personal or very familiar words

Speaking & Listening

  • Understand the main points of short explanations and listen for specific information
  • Follow instructions
  • Respond appropriately to comments and requests
  • Make contributions clearly to be heard and understood
  • Ask questions using appropriate terms to obtain specific information

At the end of the course there will be two paper based tests (Reading & Writing) and 2 documented conversations for Speaking & Listening. You will have 45 minutes to answer each paper test. You can take the tests on different days. You will get your results in the same week and guidance about progression routes.

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • Adults aged 19+

The course is suitable for learners who:

  • have not yet achieved Entry Level 1 Functional skills
  • are taking a vocational course for which English is needed
  • would like to brush up on their English skills in order to start a vocational programme

Entry requirements

To start the course you need to show at Initial assessment that this is a suitable level for your current skills.


Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes:

  • Work-related qualification or target
  • Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

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Course Fees

English qualifications are free for everyone up to Level 2.