The NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at
Level 2 is listed on the Register of Regulated
Qualifications1 and is part of the National
Qualifications Framework (NQF). This qualification
focuses on the development of effective communication
skills. This qualification encourages learners to
demonstrate their skills in speaking, listening and
communication, and in reading and writing, in a range of
contexts and for various purposes. This qualification is
ideal for learners wishing to develop practical,
transferable skills in English in order to work
confidently, effectively and independently in life. It
is suitable for a wide range of individuals and is
fundamental to the successful completion of various
wider qualifications and frameworks, such as
Apprenticeships. This qualification may be eligible for
funding. For further guidance on funding, please contact
your local funding provider.
Aims and Objectives of this Qualification
This qualification aims to allow learners to work
confidently, effectively and independently in life, by
developing practical skills in English which can be
transferred across situations and contexts.
The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:
- Apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday
- Engage competently and confidently with others
- Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar
- Develop personally and professionally as positive
citizens who can actively contribute to society.
Achieving this Qualification
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 Level 2, 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.
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. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification. This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above, although it is recommended that learners should be aged at least 14.
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.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Information
and Communication Technology (ICT)
As this qualification develops transferable skills which
will be useful in work and life; learners could also
progress onto a variety of NCFE qualifications in
Employability, Money Management, or vocational areas.
This qualification is also an integral part of the
How are they Assessed?
They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a
range of methods. This could include tasks such as
designing charts or leaﬂets, coursework or methods such
as oral questioning.
Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?
No, as these are knowledge only qualiﬁcation.
How Long do they take to Complete?
You can usually complete this in a year or less.
Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?
This qualification do not qualify you to work but do
provide a starting point for deciding whether a career
in the sector is right for you.
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