English Level 1 (NCFE & Open Awards)


These courses offer students who do not have GCSEs an alternative qualification in English language at Level 1. They provide you with practical skills, confidence and fluency, setting you on the path to gainful employment and higher education.

Progression Opportunities

Students who complete Level 1 English may progress to Level 2 English before starting higher education courses.

Units and Assessments

You will study the following three units and you will be assessed on them all separately:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communicating
  • Reading
  • Writing

Course Details

Entry Requirements

You do not need any qualifications or experience in order to join this course in English Level 1 Functional Skills.  The following requirements are all you need to join:

Age: 18+

Students take a Functional Skills test to see if they should join Entry 1, 2, 3 or Level 1, 2 Functional Skills in English.  

All entry decisions are taken on an individual basis.

Why TEC?

Qualified Teachers: Our teachers hold recognised and relevant teaching and assessment qualifications and are experienced in teaching the subject to adults. They will find out about your individual needs and make sure that you are able to get the best out of the course.

Individual Focus: At Trent Education Centre, we believe in the power of individual attention. Our teaching and support staff will assess your needs and monitor your development throughout the course.  We will provide you with extra support if needed. We won’t treat you like a face in the crowd, but an individual with unique learning needs and interests.

Do you have more questions?

Contact us

Trent Education Centre,
2.3 Clarendon Park,


How to Apply

Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll help with the rest. Our convenient online application tool only takes 10 minutes to complete.

After you submit your application, an admissions representative will contact you and will help you to complete the process.

Once you’ve completed your application and connected with an admissions representative, you’re ready to create your schedule.


Are you ready to take the next step toward your future career?