Open Awards Functional Skills English Level 1 Past Papers

The Open Awards Functional Skills English Level 1 qualification is a functional skills assessment that is taken remotely. Candidates are assessed using their online exams portal, but the structure of the exams is the same as for a written qualification. There are two papers – one reading paper and one writing paper. The reading paper measures how well a learner can analyse sources, posing questions about source material that is presented to the candidate in the exam. The writing paper is composed of two long-form questions, both requiring an extended response, where writing skill is assessed alongside spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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Open Awards 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 60 Marks 1 Hour
Total Total - 90 Marks 2 Hours

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What topic areas are covered in the exam?

Three skill areas are assessed by the Open Awards Functional Skills English Level 1 exam:

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

Reading is worth 30 marks, writing is worth 36 marks and spelling, punctuation and grammar is worth 24 marks. Since each skill is close to equally weighted, it is very important to have a good grasp of all of them when taking the exam.

There are two questions in the writing paper, both worth 30 marks, so candidates are advised to spend 30 minutes on each of them.

Candidates taking the Open Awards Functional Skills English Level 1 exam will also take a speaking, listening and communication assessment, which will form a significant amount of their grade.

Open Awards Functional Skills English Level 1: Key Details

Qualification Title Open Awards Level 1 Functional Skills Qualification in English
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/4604/8
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.