Functional Skills English

Here, you’ll find everything you need to deliver Edexcel Functional Skills in English, including key documents, teaching resources and the latest news.

Our Edexcel English Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip learners with skills such as comparing the ideas and presentation of texts, writing for a specified audience and purpose, and communicating and adapting language. They’re assessed in three units (Speaking, Listening and Communication; Reading; and Writing) through a choice of paper-based or onscreen, on-demand tests.

We are making changes to Functional Skills from September 2015, which are shown in this specification document. For more information see the 'News' page.

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Specification

Edexcel Functional Skills in English Levels 1 and 2 specification
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Qualification type:
Functional Skills
Qualification title:
Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Qualification number (QN):
500/8700/9
Eligible for funding in England for:
Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Availability:
England only
Review date: ? This is the date by which we must have decided to extend, withdraw or replace a qualification.
  • 31 August 2018

Edexcel Functional Skills in English Levels 1 and 2 specification
Download PDF | 626.1 KB
Qualification type:
Functional Skills
Qualification title:
Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Qualification number (QN):
500/8683/2
Eligible for funding in England for:
Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Availability:
England only
Review date: ? This is the date by which we must have decided to extend, withdraw or replace a qualification.
  • 31 August 2018

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Onscreen testing for Functional Skills

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Functional Skills are a key component of Apprenticeships in England, sitting alongside GCSE as the requirement for English and mathematics (and ICT for selected frameworks).

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BTEC Apprenticeships
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Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England
Documents outlining how Functional Skills fit in to Apprenticeship frameworks.

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