The objective of these qualifications is to provide learners with the opportunity to work in detail on identified areas of English that need further development and to prepare the learner to progress onto full English qualifications. The qualifications recognise the journey that the learner needs to make in order to progress to further study in English. Completion of the English Skills qualifications does not mean that the learner has reached full competence across the English curricula at a specific level, but it does show that the learner has made significant progress in improving competence in these areas.
The qualifications have been developed in response to the need to replace the Adult Literacy and Numeracy qualifications at Level 1 and 2. The Government agenda is that people should attain GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade A* – C wherever possible, but it is accepted that they may require stepping stones to enable them to reach that target.
There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking these qualifications. Learners will range from those with emerging skills in English 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.