What is the primary purpose of the qualification?
This course is designed to support progression to the next level of English skills. It will provide a flexible route to developing skills in English. Learners can build their confidence in using English and develop their skills in communicating information, participating in discussions, writing letters, reading and understanding texts and checking writing for accuracy at Level 1.
Learners can focus on the specific areas which need to be further developed. It provides a stepping stone for progression to the next level of English skills, achievement of a Functional Skills qualification in English and prepares learners to progress to GCSE English.
It is for the learner who needs to develop their skills to progress to Level 2 Functional Skills
Who is this qualification for?
It is for the learner who needs to develop their skills to progress to Level 2 Functional Skills in English and GCSE English. It supports a learner who has progressed from Entry Level English qualifications and needs additional time to prepare for a full English qualification at Level 1.
What prior qualifications/levels of attainment does a learner need to take this qualification?
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is expected that a learner will have completed a relevant initial assessment to ensure that they are undertaking the correct level of English skills qualification.
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There are five modules within this course. These cover different topics and in each module you have assignments to complete to gain your qualification.
Through accessing online learning resources & paper-based assessments
DO I HAVE TO MEET WITH MY TUTOR OR SUPPORT ADVISOR?
This course is best suited to a “blended approach” that combines, online digital media, with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student. We do however, permit students to complete this course by distance learning (independently), but you will be required to attend a local venue to complete your paper based assessments. If you require support between face-to-face sessions, you can communicate with your tutor via our virtual learning platform (learnwithunite.org), email or telephone. Our support team are also available during working hours via email or telephone.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT OR ANY DEADLINES?
No, but in order to maintain and support learning, we ask students to access their courses on a regular basis. If you have not accessed for more than 30 days your account may be suspended unless you inform admin of your circumstances for no access. Submissions will be graded within 48 hours.
DO I NEED A COMPUTER TO TAKE THE COURSE?
Yes. You will need a computer to access your emails and use the internet when carrying out research. Even if you choose to complete a paper-based course, you will need to access your emails throughout your study and access the internet when completing further research tasks.
WHAT IS IN THE COURSE CONTENT?
Each course covers a particular areas of study through a detailed exploration of the subject matter. This programme of study includes a wide range of activities and interesting videos included in the course content. Within the courses, there are often prompts for further personal exploration and sometimes you will carry out some research yourself, which will help you answer the assessment questions fully.
HOW AM I ASSESSED?
Learners are assessed throughout their course by a series of formative assessments. These are built into the course. There are also summative assessments at the end of each module, these will be undertaken at a local venue, under exam conditions.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE A COURSE?
On average, a learner completes a course with us in around 10 to 16 weeks. We will provide flexible guidelines to encourage you to progress with your learning at a steady pace, but if these are unsuitable for you, you can learn in your own time when you are ready. Level 1 English Skills is 54 GLH.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL AN ASSESSMENT?
You try again! You will receive an email from us when your feedback is available online, so that you can take a look and find out whether you have passed or not. There is no such thing as failing an assessment, because your work is not graded; assessments are simply identified as pass or referred. If your answers are referred, your tutor will simply point out the answers which need a little bit more attention in order for you to rework your answer, resubmit and pass! When you pass a unit you move onto the next one, and when you pass your final unit you simply wait for your certificate to arrive!
HOW LONG WILL MY CERTIFICATE TAKE TO ARRIVE?
Once you complete the course and submit your final piece of work, your assessments will be marked and your work will go through an internal moderation process. Once this process is complete, we will request your certificate from the awarding body, and post to you as soon as we receive it.
WHERE DO I COMPLETE THE COURSE AND DO I HAVE TO GO TO A LOCAL COLLEGE?
Our English qualifications require you to attend a facilitator lead, group sessions. These will be arranged by your Union Learning Rep at a suitable venue. We do permit some learners to complete this qualification via distance learning, but you will have to attend a local venue to complete your paper based assessments.
CAN ANYONE COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Yes, anyone who has a reasonable standard of basic education is suitable for this course. Our learning resources are all written in simple everyday language with no jargon and all in a logical structure, making the information easy to process and understand. Should you experience any difficulties with your course, you would have the support of your tutor and our Student Support Team who can guide you through any part of your learning.
WHO IS SUITABLE?
This qualification is ideal for anyone who is currently working toward improving their English skills, or who wish to gain a recognised standard in this subject area.
IS THE COURSE PAPER-BASED OR ONLINE?
Both! The majority of our courses are available in a paper-based format, as well as paper-based with online assessments. This means you will use the learning materials to complete the course, but will complete and submit your assessment questions online via our interactive online learning platform. This allows you to work closely with a tutor who will mark your work and send you feedback which you can view online. Whichever way you to choose to learn, you can study when you like, where you like! When you are browsing through our courses, look out for the icons which tell you the format each course is available in.
DOES THE QUALIFICATION EXPIRE?
No. Once you complete a course you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which lasts forever and will be beneficial to you throughout your entire working career.
DO I NEED TO BUY ANYTHING ELSE TO GO WITH THE COURSE?
No. As long as you have a working computer, a pen and some paper, you will have no problems completing a course with us. If you complete an online course, all of the resources you need will be accessible online, and if you complete a paper-based course or paper-based course with online assessments, we will send you everything you need in the post and via email.
DO I NEED ANY COMPUTER SKILLS?
You only need very basic skills to complete a course. If you do any shopping online or use any social media websites then you will find our online learning platform, very easy to use. Even if you do not regularly use a computer, as long as you know how to turn it on and access the internet, then the helpful guides and videos will provide you with all the help you need to get started online.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ASSESSMENTS?
You will submit your assessments online via our learning platform. Each course is broken down into manageable units and sections, and assessment questions are strategically placed at the end of each section to test you on the content while it is fresh in your mind. Your tutor will assess the standard and style of your work for each section and provide feedback. Summative assessments need to be undertaken in a local venue, under exam conditions.
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM COMPLETING A COURSE?
After completing a course with us, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification. This not only increases your general knowledge, but also increases your chances of securing a job, or improve our employability, allowing you to develop your career and improve your chance of progressing in the workplace to reach your goals. Alongside this, the course materials will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence surrounding your chosen subject area. The activities and assessments are also designed to help you develop relevant research and academic writing skills.
IS THERE A WORD COUNT FOR MY ASSESSMENTS?
No. There are no maximum or minimum word counts for the assessments and the majority are short answer questions which you can answer in as many words as you like. We do however, provide a recommended word count for activities as guidance. It is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the question and applied your knowledge to each answer in a logical way. If your tutor feels that an answer needs a little more detail, they will point this out in your feedback and you will be able to go back to the answer and rework it until you pass.
WILL THE COURSE HELP ME GET A JOB?
Successfully completing a course with us can definitely improve your career prospects as you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification. NOCN is a highly respected organisation with strict standards and requirements which each course is tailored to.
IS THE COURSE REGULATED? IF SO, WHO BY?
Yes, this course has been approved and endorsed by NOCN. Successful students who complete a course will be awarded with a certificate of achievement. Certificates are awarded by NOCN. All of our learning resources have been specifically designed by a team of sector specialists so you can be assured that the qualification you gain is of the highest quality.
HOW CAN I PROGRESS AFTER I COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Once you complete a course with us, your opportunities are endless. Not only will your employment opportunities improve by adding an accredited qualification to your CV, but you could also progress on to other areas of study.
ARE THERE ANY EXAMS?
No. This course does not involve any examinations and learners are assessed entirely through their answers to the assessment questions which they complete throughout the course. This is known as “formative assessment”
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