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English Skills (3850) Frequently asked questions for teachers Preparing candidates for assessment in 2015 www.cityandguilds.com March 2015 Version 1 1 General 1.1 How many stages are there within the qualification? 1.2 How is the qualification structured? 1.3 How is the qualification graded? 1.4 How is the qualification certificated? 2 Reading & Writing 2.1 Where can I find the Reading & Writing syllabus? 2.2 How are Reading & Writing skills examined? 2.3 When will the examination take place? 2.4 How will the examinations be organized? 2.5 How can I prepare candidates for the Reading & Writing examination? 3 Speaking & Listening 3.1 Where can I find the Speaking & Listening syllabus? 3.2 How are Speaking & Listening skills examined? 3.3 When will the examination take place? 3.4 How will the examinations be organized? 3.5 How are the Speaking & Listening examinations marked and how are results submitted? 3.6 What records should I keep of Speaking & Listening activities? 3.7 How can I prepare candidates for the Speaking & Listening examination? 3.8 Additional marking guidance for Stage 3 4 Support 4.1 What qualification documentation is available? 4.2 What other support is available? 5 Quality Assurance 5.1 Why does English Skills (3850) need quality assurance? 5.2 Who is responsible for quality assurance and what are they responsible for? 5.3 Quality assurance of Reading & Writing 5.4 Quality assurance of Speaking & Listening 5.5 How should we prepare for an External Verifier’s visit? 5.6 Sharing good practice 1 General 1.1 How many stages are there within the qualification? The English Skills (3850) qualification is available at 3 stages: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. This replaces the original titling of Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2. 1.2 How is the qualification structured? The qualification comprises three skill areas – Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. The syllabus for each skill area is covered in the qualification handbook. There are three units that need to be taught for each skill area. The three skill areas are assessed across two papers. Each is weighted equally (one third of the overall certificate). Therefore, the Reading & Writing paper represents two thirds of the overall qualification, the Speaking & Listening paper one third. 1/3 of qualification 1/3 of qualification 1/3 of qualification Reading Reading Reading Writing Writing Writing Speaking Speaking Speaking unit unit unit unit unit unit & & & Listening Listening Listening Unit Unit Unit The content of all Reading & Writing units is assessed in one externally The content of all 3 Speaking & set and marked examination Listening units is assessed internally through the Speaking & Listening examination. It is internally and externally verified. The examination of Reading & Writing represents two thirds of the The examination of Speaking & overall qualification Listening represents one third of overall qualification 1.3 How is the qualification graded? Three grades are possible for Reading & Writing – pass, merit or distinction Three grades are possible for Speaking & Listening – pass, merit or distinction 1.4 How is the qualification certificated? Full certificate - If successful in all skill areas - Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening, candidates will receive an overall certificate in English Skills (3850). The certificate will list two grades; one for the Reading & Writing paper, one for the Speaking & Listening paper. City & Guilds Certificate in English Skills (3850) Awarded if candidates are successful in both Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening examinations Grade for Reading & Writing listed on certificate Grade for Speaking &

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