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English Functional Skills
Functional Skills for all centres in England
|WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in England.|
Functional Skills qualifications are available to all centres in England
The aim of Functional Skills English is to encourage learners to demonstrate their speaking, listening and communication, reading and writing skills in real-life contexts. Functional Skills English requires learners to be able to communicate in ways that make them effective and involved as citizens, operate confidently and to convey their ideas and opinions clearly in a wide rage of contexts.
The Levels 1 and 2 assessments will take the form of two one-hour examinations assessing Reading and Writing. Speaking, Listening and Communication is internally assessed. Functional Skills English (Entry Level) is externally set and moderated, and internally assessed.
- New! Functional Skills English important dates 2013-14
- New! Functional Skills Access Arrangements Guide
- New! Speaking, Listening and Communication FAQs - Entry Level
- New! Speaking, Listening and Communication FAQs - Levels 1 and 2
- Functional Skills English Bulletin Winter 2013
To obtain copies of past assessment, please login at the secure website.
Welcome to the sixth edition of i.e. the English online magazine.
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Principal Examiners' and Principal Moderators' Reports Summer 2013
Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.
Continuing Professional Development
Face-to-face continuing professional development is limited to internal assessment standardising in relevant subjects in the coming academic year. Examination review will be provided online; a presentation giving details of this provision is now available on the website
The Department for Education has recently revised the criteria which must be met for qualifications to attract performance points. Unfortunately, for the 2014 performance measures, FS qualifications are not of the requisite size and therefore will not count in these tables after 2013.
WJEC will continue to provide FS qualifications at all levels as centres have shown that the demand is there for a rigorous and pertinent assessment for the range of learners following these courses.
WJEC are pleased to offer Functional Skills English, Reading and Writing Levels 1 and 2 as either paper-based or on-screen assessments. The on-screen option gives access to a growing bank of past papers, including a familiarisation test, allowing your centre to schedule and run these on demand.
For a demonstration test and further information, please contact email@example.com or call Laura Crook on 02920 265328.
Submission of Marks for Centre-Assessed Examination Components
The online system for the submission of marks and the identification of samples in centre-assessed units will be applied to Functional Skills English Entry Level and Functional Skills English levels 1&2 Speaking, Listening & Communication.
If you require further information / clarification on the online system, please contact the FS Administration Section: firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 2026 5128 or see the Speaking and Listening Circular - Sampling Method.
Functional Skills English Levels 1&2 and Entry Level from September 2012
NEW! Training and guidance on Functional Skills English assessment and teaching is now available in video form.
View our four short videos to help your delivery of Functional Skills English.
- FS Administration Booklet 2012-13
- FS English Bulletin
- The interactive whiteboard scheme of work is now available.
Speaking, Listening and Communication Tasks
The Speaking, Listening and Communication tasks for levels 1&2 and Entry 1,2 and 3 are available on the secure website for November 2013 and May 2014. The commentary for the 2013-14 SLC DVD is now available on the secure website.
For Levels 1 & 2, log in and follow: Resources PDF Downloads > Controlled Assessment Material > Functional Skills - English
For Entry Level, log in and follow: Resources PDF Downloads > Controlled Assessment Material > Functional Skills - English Entry Level.
Functional Skills Administration Section
Telephone: 029 2026 5128
Julia Harrison - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5074
Sally Cunliffe - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5070