Do learners have to complete a portfolio?
Learners are not required to complete a portfolio; they simply need to take a task-based assessment.
Is an Invigilator required for the assessments?
Yes, an Invigilator is required for all assessments being taken.
Are there any accessibility procedures for learners with disabilities?
Yes, a number of specific features have been built into EDI's on-screen version of the assessments to ensure that learners are not disadvantaged. These include the facility to change text size and colour and background colour. Please refer to the Guidance notes for centres on reasonable adjustments for learners with particular assessment requirements.
Why do you advise that learners complete a learner log book?
Completion of a learner log book is not mandatory, however Centres are advised to complete a learner log book to help inform them on whether the learner is ready to take the Functional Skills Assessment. The learner log book helps show that learners have achieved mastery of the Functional Skills standards for that particular Functional Skill. Centres may already have learner log books established for other qualifications which could be amended for use with Functional Skills. Similarly, Centres may adapt a learner log book to better meet the needs of their learners. A learner log book is also an important piece of evidence if other assessment material is misplaced or if EDI needs to look at additional evidence in order to make an awarding decision.
Do learners have to pass all three parts of English, i.e. (1) Speaking, Listening and Communication (2) Reading and (3) Writing, to get an overall qualification for English?
Yes. At all levels, English comprises of three components; Speaking, Listening and Communication, Reading and Writing. Learners need to achieve a pass in all three areas before they can reasonably demonstrate mastery in the subject and subsequently achieve a full certificate in English. Learners may take each component at different levels and the overall certificate will reflect the lowest level achieved for a component.
At Entry level, can the class tutor act as the invigilator?
At Entry level, the role of supervisor or invigilator can be performed by the learners’ tutor. They can also be the marker, but of course if the assessments are taken on-screen, the marking will be done by EDI.
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