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English Functional Skills

Further information on IQ's five English Functional Skills qualifications.

The IQ English Functional Skills suite consists of five qualifications, allowing us to cater to all levels of learner ability and providing a Functional Skills solution for everyone. These are:

(Click on any of the above qualification titles to access detailed information such as the specifications).

English Functional Skills form a mandatory part of apprenticeship programmes for learners without a GCSE at grades A*- C.

Each qualification consists of a single unit which is divided into three constituent parts, which are separately assessed. These are:

  • Speaking, listening and communication (SLC)
  • Reading
  • Writing.

All of our questions are based on roleplaying real work and life scenarios and are given in the form of instructions to the candidate. In a writing question, for example, the learner might be asked to compose an email to their boss, whilst a reading paper might test their understanding of a set of company procedures.

At the entry levels, the reading and writing components are both externally set (by IQ) but are marked internally by centres. This gives centres the freedom to adapt or contextualise papers to a learner’s own unique circumstances and working / living environment. The SLC component is an internally set and marked assessment at all five levels and centres are free to use naturally occurring evidence so long as it’s not drawn from an existing portfolio.

For learners taking an English Functional Skill at level 1 or 2 the papers are externally set and marked by IQ, either by posting them to us or through our new online assessment system. Sample papers are available to try here or alternatively you can download them from the qualification pages.