AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers

AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 past papers contain two exams: reading and writing. The reading paper is about analysis of sources, and contains an insert of the texts the exam questions pertain to. In the reading paper, you will be asked to state information given in the sources, as well as make inferences, and finally summarise the information in a writing task. The writing paper tests your writing ability, and contains two questions, both requiring long-form responses. In the writing paper, bonus marks are available for correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers: At a Glance

Exam Marks Time
Paper 1 Paper 1 Reading 26 Marks 1 Hour
Paper 2 Paper 2 Writing 27 Marks 1 Hour
Total Total - 53 Marks 2 Hours

Functional Skills English Level 1 Exam

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What topic areas are covered in the exam?

There are three main skills assessed in an AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 exam:

  1. Reading
  2. Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  3. Writing composition

There are generally 26 marks available for reading, 12 marks available for spelling, punctuation and grammar, and 15 marks available for writing, so out of these skills reading is the most heavily assessed.

In the writing paper it is important to split your time appropriately. Question 2 will be around twice as long as question 1, so you are advised to spend 20 minutes on question 1 and 40 minutes on question 2.

Further to the reading and writing papers, students taking AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 will also be required to participate in a speaking, listening and communicating exam.

AQA Functional Skills English Level 1: Key Details

Qualification Title AQA Level 1 Functional Skills in English
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/4284/5
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 55 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 55 hours
Assessment type Assessment type Externally set, on-demand assessment
Grading Grading The qualification is graded Pass/Fail.
Entry requirements Entry requirements No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required.