The Entry Level Awards in English Skills are designed to provide learners with a flexible route to developing the skills in English which will enable them to build confidence and provide a foundation for further study towards a GCSE in English, a Functional Skill in English, a move into employment or as a stepping stone to higher level study. Learners will gain knowledge of communicating, reading and writing.
Completion of the Entry Level Awards in English Skills does not mean that the learner has reached full competence across the English curriculum at the level achieved, but it does show that the learner has made significant progress in improving competence in specific areas and recognises the first steps of the journey that the learner needs to make in order to progress to further study in English or into employment.
• Build their confidence in using English and develop their skills in communicating information, taking part in discussions, filling in forms, reading and understanding everyday words and texts and writing.
• Achieve a standalone qualification that offers a route to further learning and gives recognition for progress in English skills.
• Work in detail on identified areas of English that need further development and to prepare the learner to progress on to other relevant qualifications such as the Entry Level Awards in English Skills at Entry 2 and/or Entry 3, Functional Skills qualifications or, eventually, GCSE in English.
• Gain the knowledge and skills required to prepare for further learning and employment and to make progress in their function at home, work and in the community.
The qualifications link to the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum and are underpinned by the national standards for Adult Literacy.
These qualifications contribute towards Functional Skills in the following areas:
• Speaking, listening and communication
The qualifications link to the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum and are underpinned by the national standards for Adult Numeracy. The qualifications allow the development of learners’ skills, so they have the underpinning knowledge to progress onto Functional Skills qualifications.
There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking these qualifications. Learners will range from those with emerging skills in mathematics to those who are starting to apply their developing knowledge and skills to everyday situations.
16 years and over
valid passport (any nationality);
signed UK photo card driving license;
valid warrant card issued by HM Forces, Police;
Other photographic ID card, e.g. valid warrant card issued by HM Forces, Police and employee ID card, student ID card, travel card. In the event that a learner is unable to produce any of the forms of photographic identification listed above, a Centre may accept another form of identity containing a signature, for example a credit card or a third-party representative, such as a Line Manager, Human Resources Manager or invigilator, will be accepted.