Entry Level English (2015)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

The CCEA Entry Level English specification gives learners the opportunity to engage with literature and practise talking, listening and writing skills in different situations and for a range of purposes.

Entry Level qualifications can help learners to expand their knowledge, increase their confidence and demonstrate achievement. This includes some who might not be ready for a course at GCSE level or equivalent.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Language and Literacy Area of Learning.

This specification is made up of units, and learners can gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. For each unit, learners produce a portfolio of work to show how they’ve met the assessment criteria; there are no exams.

There are six units:

  • Unit 1: English through the Media: Still Image
  • Unit 2: English through Poetry
  • Unit 3: English through Drama
  • Unit 4: English through the Media: Moving Image Genres
  • Unit 5: English through Prose
  • Unit 6: English through Experience.

Current Specification

Subject Code: 5010

Skills developed through our Entry Level English

This qualification aims to help learners prepare for working and adult life by developing employability and independent living skills. It emphasises learning by doing, with a focus on transferable skills that learners will need in a changing and dynamic working environment.  

Learners engage with English in different forms to develop their skills of communication, problem-solving and working with others. They have opportunities to practise talking, listening and writing skills for a range of purposes. They also develop self-awareness and enhance their employability skills in preparation for working and adult life.

Those who complete this qualification can progress to other Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, or to related training courses.

For more information on this specification contact:

Deborah McGuffin
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2444
Joan Jennings
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1439