NCFE Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers

The NCFE Functional Skills English Level 1 comes in the form of two papers. First is a reading paper, which examines the learner on their ability to analyse sources. Questions on this paper include stating information from the source, making inferences, and comparing sources. Questions mainly require short written answers. The second paper is a writing paper; this contains two long-form writing questions that require extended answers.

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

Exam Marks Time
Paper 1 Paper 1 Reading 30 Marks 1 Hour
Paper 2 Paper 2 Writing 40 Marks 1 Hour
Total Total - 70 Marks 2 Hours

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What topic areas are covered in the exam?

Both questions in paper 2 are worth 20 marks, so candidates are advised to spend 30 minutes on each question.

Three skills are assessed in the NCFE Functional Skills English Level 1 exam:

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

There are 30 marks available for reading, 22 marks available for writing and 18 marks available for spelling, punctuation and grammar, so all three skills are crucial for exam success.

A third of the NCFE Functional Skills English Level 1 exam comes from the completion of a speaking, listening and communicating assessment.

NCFE Functional Skills English Level 1: Key Details

Qualification Title NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/5058/1
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 66 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 needed.