NCFE Functional Skills English


Level 1 Functional skills are equivalent to GCSE Grade E-D (2-3) and Level 2 Functional Skills are equivalent to a GCSE Grade C-A* (4-9).  Entry Levels give students the basics in English, ensuring a solid gateway to higher levels.


You will be required to study English if you do not have a Level 2 qualification or GCSE at least grade C or 4 when you join us.


How will I learn?

All our English courses are aimed at giving our students a working understanding of English and a real-world basis for what they are studying.  These courses are taught in small group sizes.  The course is varied and tries to encompass the life of Woodpecker Court.

Students are baseline assessed on entry to our provision to ensure they are taught at the appropriate level.

What will I learn?

English has 3 units, Reading, Writing and Speaking, Listening and Communication.  Each of the units are assessed, either internally or externally depending on the level you are studying.

How will it be delivered

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to enable learners to develop confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, English. As a result of the qualification, learners should be able to demonstrate their competence in English by using it in real-world situations as well as demonstrating a sound grasp of basic English knowledge and skills. They also aim to provide a foundation for progression into employment or further technical education and develop skills for everyday life.

They are suitable for a wide range of individuals and are fundamental to the successful completion of various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

English is usually taught in one of our classrooms, but it is continually re-enforced in your subjects and outdoor activities.

Next steps 

Functional Skills English can enable transition to GCSE or forms the basis of requirements in Apprenticeships or other work.