About this Qualification
The NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at
Level 1 is listed on the Register of Regulated
Qualifications1 and is part of the National
Qualifications Framework (NQF). The 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 Foundation
Learning and 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 1, 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. 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
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 1
- NCFE Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2
As this qualification develops transferable skills,
which will be useful in work and life, candidates 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.
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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