Entry Level English (4971) (4972) (4973)

We have carefully considered the future of all our qualifications and have decided not to continue with Entry Level Functional English.

The last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in the June 2017 series and there will be no further re-sit opportunity.

As an alternative, you may like to consider our Entry Level Certificate (ELC) in English or our Unit Award Scheme.

If you need any support or have any questions, please contact the customer support team on the details shown below.

This course helps students develop applied skills in English, enabling them to get the most from life, learning and work. Using separate tasks, it assesses:

  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Speaking, Listening and Communication.

The course is suitable for those who can show the outlined skills at the appropriate level.

Students can take components of the qualification in different exam series or all in the same series. All components are assessed by controlled assessment, enabling teachers to assess students when they are ready.

Depending on the demand of the task, Speaking, Listening and Communication tasks can also be assessed for GCSE English/English Language.

This specification can be taught alongside the Entry Level Certificate in English as the skills are transferrable and complement each other.

Related specifications

This specification, Entry Level Functional English, is available at three levels:

  • Entry 1 (specification code 4971)
  • Entry 2 (specification code 4972)
  • Entry 3 (specification code 4973). 

Functional English Level 1 and Level 2 is a more demanding qualification available at two levels:

  • Level 1 (specification code 4720)
  • Level 2 (specification code 4725).

Entry Level Certificate in English (specification code 4970) is a different style of qualification at the same level of challenge as Entry Level Functional English.


Codes and references

Qualification type Functional Skills
Specification title Entry Level English (4971) (4972)
Specification code 4973
Certification code 4976 Entry 1
4977 Entry 2
4978 Entry 3
QAN codes 6000115X

Updates to Entry Level English (4971) (4972) (4973)

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Aleya Khatun

Aleya Khatun and the customer support team.
Tel: 0161 953 7504
Email: English-GCSE@aqa.org.uk