For students not following traditional GCSE or AS/A Level route, we also support those studying Functional Skills English Entry Levels 1 - 3 and Levels 1 and 2.

These are qualifications accredited onto the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and are eligible for public funding as determined by the Department for Education (DfE) under Sections 96 and 97 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000. They are offered at most colleges and schools as another option for students who wish to gain an alternative English qualification at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Students will be assessed for the three components of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. In order to pass this qualification, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the skill standards for all the components of the qualification. The coverage and range determine the standard required to achieve the qualification.

There are a number of examination boards which offer Functional Skills English courses (AQA, OCR, Edexcel) and we can support students already on these courses or help them to begin a Functional Skills English accreditation while they are with us.


Functional skills are integrated into the Poplar scheme of work. We are registered with the OCR board to be able to sit the exams at any time throughout the year. GCSE, AS or A level exams can also be hosted as we are a recognized exam centre.

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