Functional Skills Literacy (English)

Good literacy skills are essential for the modern workplace and employers are increasingly looking for employees who are literate and can prove this with a relevant and up-to-date qualification.

Course Overview:

HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their skills in English to help them gain the most from work, education and everyday life. Its assessment requires the learner to apply skills-based and problem-solving techniques in realistic settings. Functional skills qualifications are recommended for learners over the age of 14. Learners undertaking an apprenticeship or an advanced apprenticeship will need to successfully complete functional skills as part of their framework or prove their exemption.

How long will it take to achieve this qualification?

The GLH for this qualification is 45 hours; however, teaching time depends largely on the mode of delivery and the individual learner’s needs.

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification includes three mandatory components:

  • Speaking, listening & communication – This component is internally assessed, and learners must complete two assessed tasks:
  1. Informal discussion on an unfamiliar subject (10 minutes)
  2. A formal discussion on a familiar subject (20 minutes)
  • Reading – Learners must complete one written examination that is set, marked and moderated by HABC.

Learners must answer a series of questions using two texts based on real-life contexts. (1 hour)

  • Writing – Learners must complete one written examination that is set, marked and moderated by HABC.

Learners must complete two writing tasks based on purposeful contexts. All tasks must be completed. (1 hour)

The reading and writing examinations are available on demand in both an on screen and a paper-based format.

What next?

Learners successfully completing this qualification may wish to progress on to further qualifications, such as:

  • HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2
  • GCSE English

Where can this qualification be taken?

This qualification can be taken through any HABC approved training centre. Hamlets Training Centre is approved by Highfield Awarding Body to deliver this qualification.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE LEAD TO?

Upon completion of Level 1 you could progress to the Level 2 Functional Skills qualification and from there many of our learners go on to further study. Level 1 is equivalent to a GCSE Grade D-E and a Level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE Grade C.

Course Summary

HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1
Training: Every week
Qualification Components:

  • Speaking, listening & communication
  • Reading and
  • Writing

Progression:

  • HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2
  • GCSE English

Course Fee: £795.00 ( This course is also funded for the eligible candidates)
Entry Requirement: Fluency in English Language and demonstrate reading & writing at Entry 3 or avobe
Course duration: 18 weeks
Training & Test venue: Hamlets Training Centre

HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1: Intensive Exam Preparation for advanced learners

Level of Course : Level 1
Duration: 4 weeks
Fee: £295.00

Entry Requirement: Fluency in English Language and demonstrate reading and writing skills at Entry 3 for or avobe

Test Summary

HABC Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1

Test Type: Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing.
Duration:

Speaking & Listening: 30 min.
Reading (paper based): 1 hour.
Writing (paper based): 1 hour.

Test fee: £150.00
Awarding Body: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance
Result: Provisional results within 2 weeks
Certificate: Certificate usually sent within 21 days

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