Highfield Qualifications Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers

The Highfield Qualifications Functional Skills English Level 1 exam is across two papers: a reading paper and a writing paper. The reading paper consists of multiple choice questions and written solution questions, which test your ability to understand a source by asking you to state information on the source, infer information from the source, compare sources, and make judgements on linguistic features. The writing paper consists of two long written questions of equal length. In the writing paper you are assessed on both writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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Highfield Qualifications Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers: At a Glance

Exam Marks Time
Paper 1 Paper 1 Reading 20 Marks 1 Hour
Paper 2 Paper 2 Writing 48 Marks 1 Hour
Total Total - 68 Marks 2 Hours

Functional Skills English Level 1 Exam

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What topic areas are covered in the exam?

Three skills are assessed in the Highfield Qualifications Functional Skills English Level 1 exam.

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

There are 20 marks available for reading, 28 marks available for writing, and 20 marks available for spelling, punctuation and grammar. However, the reading marks are scaled up considerably to make the reading paper worth a third of the qualification. All three skills are essential to performing well on the exam.

Your score in each paper will be scaled such that each paper is worth a third of your grade. Both questions in paper 2 are worth 24 marks, so candidates are encouraged to spend around 30 minutes on each.

One third of the qualification comes from a speaking, listening and communication controlled assessment that candidates are required to take part in.

Highfield Functional Skills English Level 1: Key Details

Qualification Title Highfield Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 1
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/4993/1
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 60 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.