Qualification in English at Entry Level 3 - Basic skills
Functional Skills English are standing qualifications designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ recommendations that learners would benefit from a thorough grounding in the basics and the ability to problem-solve. Learners can progress to further Functional Skills English qualifications as they have been designed to encourage progress through each of the levels. Each level subsumes the previous level.
This qualification features one mandatory unit which covers responding appropriately to others and making some extended contributions in familiar formal and informal discussions, reading and understanding the purpose and content of straightforward texts that explain, inform and recount information and writing texts with some adaptation to the intended audience. Functional skills have replaced the Key Skills qualifications for Communication, Application of Number and ICT for post-16 learners and in Apprenticeship frameworks; they have also replaced Skills for Life (Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy) qualifications at Levels 1 and 2. They are part of Foundation Learning programmes. GCSEs in English, mathematics and ICT contain functional elements. Objectives include: preparing learners to progress to a qualification in another subject area; meeting relevant programmes of learning; preparing learners for employment and giving Learners personal growth and engagement in learning. Main purpose: Supporting individuals to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work.
Each Qualification in English consists of one unit with three components; speaking, listening and communication (SLC), reading and writing. Each component is separately assessed.
Assessment and Certification
Assessment for these qualifications is summative and should only be attempted when the learners have acquired the functional English skills and knowledge to achieve success. Assessment can take place in any supervised environment which can support an electronic or paper-based assessment (depending on centre choice) and includes the learner’s workplace. For these qualifications, each component is individually assessed and learners will only be certificated once all three components have been successfully completed. Learners can achieve components at any level; however the qualification is awarded at the level of the lowest component achieved. Learners are automatically notified of their performance electronically once their assessments have been awarded. A summary of component achievements will be included with the qualification certificate. Centres can request individual component completion certificates for learners at a charge. Learners who have completed English components with other awarding organisations will be able to apply for APL toward the qualification. The assessment tasks cover all of the skills standards, coverage and range. Learners must achieve all the skill standards and each of the coverage and range for each component. The qualification is not graded; successful learners who achieve all three components will achieve a pass.
Any Bahraini Jobseeker, 16 years or older is eligible for the scheme, they must not be enrolled in any form of formal education or any other Tamkeen program. Any Bahraini Employee, 16 years or older, currently receiving a wage below BD 270, 350 or 400 (for high school, diploma and bachelor graduates respectively) is eligible for the scheme. They must not be enrolled in any form of formal education or any other Tamkeen program.