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Course Highlights:

  • Course Type: Self-Paced Online Learning
  • Total Qualification Time: 60 hours
  • Guided Learning: 55 hours
  • Accreditation: NCFE, Pearson Edexcel & Open Awards
  • Qualification: Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Study Materials: High-Quality E-Learning Study Materials
  • Assessment: Internally graded and externally verified
  • Access: 1 Year Access
  • Certificate: Certificate upon completion of the official exam (hard copy)
  • Tutor Support: Paid Tutor Support
  • Customer Support: 24/7 live chat available

The new assessment and result dates by NCFE is-

  • Delivery mode: Paper-based
  • Assessment date to and from: 17/06/2024 – 19/07/2024
  • Results release: 26/07/2024

(Note that this only applies to the mentioned exam type and if you book the exam during the dates mentioned above. Also, this will not affect the schedule of the other exam types and results.)

Entry Level 1 Functional Skills English Training Course

This Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English Course is governed by Ofqual, accredited by Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards making it a nationally recognized credential that will improve your CV while helping you stand out from the rest of the applicants. You will be able to enhance your overall English speaking, listening, writing and reading skills via a range of well-designed and updated course materials.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be prepared with the necessary English skills to advance to this qualification’s higher levels.

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Course Details for Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English

This comprehensive Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English Course is suitable for:

  • Anyone looking to secure a skill-oriented job
  • Anyone who wants to enhance their English communication skills
  • People of all ages and academic backgrounds
  • Anyone who wants to advance to functional skills level 1 or 2
  • Anyone who wants to take GCSE English
  • Anyone seeking to add a certified qualification to their university application
  • Anyone aspiring to accelerate their career in this as an English instructor or teacher
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of functional skills in English
  • Whether you are a beginner into the field of functional English or any professional seeking to reinforce your expertise in basic English, this Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English will set you up with the advanced skills to boost your career profile.

You can decide the exam date and place according to your convenience.

Awarding Body Paper-Based Exam in Centre Results
Edexcel Book within 15 days Get results in 20 working days
NCFE Book within 10 working days Get results in only 7 days
Open Awards Book within 30 working days. The dates are fixed for each month Get results in only 16 to 32 working days

*Offline examinations will be held at our Swindon and London centres. Please contact us for more information.

  • NCFE, Pearson Edexcel and Open Awards are OFQUAL-regulated and nationally recognised; however, the only difference lies in the exam booking and result turn-around time.
  • You can book your remote online exam within 2 working days of enrolment for NCFE, within 7 working days for Pearson Edexcel and within 3 working days for Open Awards.
  • You can get your NCFE results in 7 days, your Edexcel results in 20 working days and your Open Awards results within 16 to 32 working days.
  • All of the awarding bodies are accepted by universities and apprenticeships. This distinction allows learners to choose the awarding body that aligns best with their educational and career goals.

This Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English Qualification will help you to:

  • Listen, comprehend, and react to verbal communication in a variety of scenarios
  • Develop an understanding of common words and their effects
  • Use that understanding of common words in various contexts
  • Read common texts at work and in daily life accurately
  • Gain the confidence to read more widely
  • Write common texts and documents clearly and effectively
  • Show a firm command of spelling, punctuation, and grammar

  • Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
  • Identify and extract the main information from short statements and explanations
  • Follow single-step instructions, asking for them to be repeated if necessary
  • Make requests and ask straightforward questions using appropriate terms and registers
  • Respond to questions about specific information
  • Make clear statements about basic information and communicate feelings and opinions on straightforward topics
  • Understand and participate in simple discussions or exchanges with another person about a straightforward topic
  • Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1 (see Annexe B)
  • Read simple sentences containing one clause
  • Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
  • Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop
  • Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun ‘I’ and the first letter of proper nouns
  • Use lower-case letters when there is no reason to use capital letters
  • Write the letters of the alphabet in sequence and in both upper and lower case
  • Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1 (see Annexe B)
  • Communicate information in words, phrases and simple sentences

This Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English course will help you build a solid foundation in english. Throughout the course, it will provide you with various learning materials and activities to enhance your understanding of these subjects.

  • Initial Assessment: To identify the current level of a student’s abilities and recommend the appropriate course to enrol in upon completion.
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Identifies skill gaps and produces an individual learning plan
  • Learning Resources: Comprehensive video tutorials, practice quizzes & topic-based tests
  • Progress Tracker: To record your progress in the course
  • Free Mock Test: Access our free mock test facility for professional feedback and to prepare for the final exam.

This Functional Skills Entry Level 1 English qualification is available to all students of all academic backgrounds; no experience or previous qualifications are required.


The Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards Functional Skills Qualification in English at Entry Level 1 comprises a writing and reading assessment that is externally set, internally graded, and externally verified by the exam body. The listening and speaking assessment is, however, internally set. Your exam results will be forwarded to the awarding body’s internal verifier once you finish the exam.

The writing and reading assessment is available as paper-based for which you will be required to appear for the exam at our designated office in London or Swindon on the exam day. You will be required to take the speaking, listening, and communicating assessment via Zoom.

You need to be registered for the exam three weeks prior to the exam date.

The Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 consist of 3 exams, these are Reading, Writing and Speaking, Listening and Communicating.

Speaking, Listening and Communicating (SLC) Exam
Awarding Body Duration Number of Marks
Pearson Edexcel / NCFE / Open Awards Up to 25 minutes Pass/Fail

SLS Exam Pearson Edexcel / NCFE: Speaking, listening and communicating are assessed through one 5-minute presentation and linked question and answer session in groups of three to five and one 15-minute formal discussion together in groups of three to five learners. This exam will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

SLS Exam Open Awards: Speaking, listening and communicating are assessed through one 10-minute presentation and linked question and answer session in groups of three to four and one 10-minute formal discussion together in groups of three to five learners. This exam will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Reading Exam
Awarding Body Duration Number of Marks Pass Mark
Pearson Edexcel 40 minutes 12 65%
NCFE 40 minutes 12 53% – 57%
Open Awards 40 minutes 12 8 out of 12

Reading is assessed through a test consisting of multiple-choice, short open-response and medium open-response questions.

Writing Exam
Awarding Body Duration Number of Marks Pass Mark
Pearson Edexcel 40 minutes 30 63%
NCFE 40 minutes 30 57% – 61%
Open Awards 40 minutes 30 19 out of 30.

Reading/Writing Exam Pass Mark: Learners are required to achieve an overall percentage of marks mentioned in the above table to pass the English reading exam. However, the awarding process will determine specifically where the pass mark sits for each assessment version. Therefore, the pass mark may vary between assessments.


Upon achieving the Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in English at Entry Level 1, you can:

  • Progress to Level 1 and Level 2
  • Study GCSE English
  • Advance to further vocational studies
  • Access a wide range of professions within your chosen field


This Functional Skills Maths Level 2 has been independently accredited by Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards also regulated by Ofqual. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is responsible for regulating qualifications, assessments, and examinations in England.

Pearson Edexcel is the most prestigious awarding body, for an academic and vocational qualifications. Pearson Edexcel qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and recognised by universities and employers across the world.

NCFE is a charity and awarding organisation that provides qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is regulated by Ofqual in England and recognised in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Open Awards

Open Awards is an awarding organisation that offers a wide range of qualifications across various sectors, including education, health and social care, and business. Their qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are designed to meet the needs of learners and employers. Open Awards also works closely with educational institutions and employers to ensure their qualifications are relevant and up-to-date.

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Functional skills are practical skills in Maths, English, and ICT that enable people to apply their knowledge to real-life situations. These skills are designed to provide learners with the essential knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace and in their personal lives. Functional Skills are recognised qualifications in the UK and are offered at different levels, including Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

Both are recognised qualifications, but levels 1 and 2 are more advanced levels that will provide you with comprehensive skills and knowledge while entry-level courses are an introduction and basic level qualification to go to subsequent levels.

No, you are not obliged to complete entry-level courses before moving on to higher levels. However, entry-level courses serve as a starting point for acquiring basic skills and knowledge that will help you strive and boost your chances of securing better marks at higher levels.

Yes, functional skills qualifications are an accepted part of all apprenticeship standards and a way to progress to further education in the UK.

Yes, for the writing and reading assessment, you will be required to appear for the exam at our designated office in London or Swindon on the exam day. You will be required to take the speaking, listening, and communicating assessment via Zoom.

Yes, you need to be registered for the exam three weeks prior to the exam date.

This course comprises a writing and reading assessment that is externally set, internally graded, and externally verified by the exam body. The listening and speaking assessment is, however, internally set. Your exam results will be forwarded to Pearson Edexcel's internal verifier once you finish the exam. If you pass all three components, you'll be able to receive the qualification certificate from the awarding body.

Tips for preparing for the exam include understanding the exam format, practising regularly, mastering the basics and managing time well during the exam, and seeking help from a teacher or tutor. To assist you in gaining the skills and knowledge required to pass the exam, Lead Academy offers 24/7 tutor support. As a result, you will be adequately prepared to ace the exam.

Yes, you can take functional skills entry-level courses online. Lead Academy offers an extensive range of entry-level courses from level 1 to 3, available for both English and Maths.

Functional Skills qualifications may require hard work and revision, but they can be a better fit for students who have found Maths and English challenging. Unlike GCSEs, Functional Skills qualifications are flexible and designed to meet the needs of diverse learners, making them more adaptable to different learning styles.

After successfully completing the Entry Level 1 English course, you will receive a Pearson Edexcel or NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English at Entry Level 1 (depending on what you choose as an accreditation) that is highly regarded by universities and employers across the UK.