The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with English skills to help them gain the most from life, learning and work. The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: 

  • gain skills in speaking, listening and communication, reading and writing
  • apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • engage competently and confidently with others
  • solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

This qualification is delivered by Trent Education Centre Nottingham.

This qualification consists of 3 mandatory components:

  • component 1 Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • component 2 Reading
  • component 3 Writing

To be awarded the NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry Level 1, 2 & 3 learners are required to successfully complete all 3 mandatory components by achieving their task-based assessments.

Component credits will not be awarded. Grades are not awarded and the 3 components are weighted equally.
The qualification skills standards each learner must meet in order to successfully complete this qualification are available from the website www.gov.uk/government/collections/functional- skills qualifications-requirements.


Learners who aren’t successful can resit their assessment(s) within the registration period; however, a charge may apply.

  • Qualification number (QN): 600/1510/X
  • Aim reference: : 6001510X
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT): 48
  • Guided learning hours (GLH): 45
  • Entry Level: 3
  • Assessment requirements: 3 mandatory, task-based assessments

Total Qualification Time (TQT)

Total Qualification Time is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required in order for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification.

Total Qualification Time comprises:

  • the Guided Learning Hours for the qualification
  • an estimate of the number of hours a learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but not under the immediate guidance or supervision of – a lecturer, supervisor, Tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Level 1, 2 & 3
  • NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 1, 2 & 3
  • NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1, 2 & 3

As this qualification develops transferable skills, which will be useful in work and life, learners could also progress on to a variety of NCFE qualifications in employability, money management, or other vocational areas.

This qualification is also an integral part of the Apprenticeship and Diploma frameworks.

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who want to develop practical and transferable skills in English.
There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.
This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the assessment criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification.

Learners registered on this qualification shouldn’t undertake another qualification at the same level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility

Campus Based

Lecturers are highly experienced in their sector and hold recognized and relevant teaching and assessment qualifications.

Individual focus:

Rather than herd all our students into a large lecture theatre and treat them as one mass group we teach in smaller groups (maximum of 30).  This enables the tutors to get to know students individually and quickly ascertain their development so that they can provide extra help where and when necessary.

 

  • Completed admission application form, available here or visit our campus to obtain one.
  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you wish to study this programme and how this course will help you in the future)
  • Interview with the course leader and admission team to discuss your intention to study this programme.