Functional Skills English Level 2

Functional Skills English Level 2 is an alternative qualification to GCSE English and is equivalent of a GCSE English pass grade.

This is a nationally recognised qualification, Functional Skills English Level 2 is accredited by awarding bodies including; AQA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, Open Awards and Pearson.

A GCSE English pass grade or equivalent is often an entry requirement when applying for jobs, for example; NHS, policing, fire service, education and council jobs. It’s also a requirement to complete an apprenticeship, access higher education courses, or to go to University.

Our Level 2 English online course uses real-life examples to help you improve your English skills. If you find it easier to learn English with practical examples, this is the English course for you.

  • Duration

You would need to commit to 15 hours of learning per week to complete this course in less than 6-8 weeks
  • Study Type

Our functional skills courses are accessible online at any time to suit your needs however there are two mandatory live sessions per week so you can receive advice from the tutor and discuss how we can further support you to gain your qualification.

  • Price

Courses starting from £189 or fully funded by the government (if available in your area)

Functional Skills English Level 2 Course Overview

Level 2 Functional Skills English is an alternative qualification to a GCSE English C grade. Our Level 2 English online course uses real-life examples to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills. If you find learning English easier with practical examples, this is the course for you.

A Level 2 English qualification will improve your career options. You’ll be able to apply for jobs in careers such as; nursing, teaching, policing, the fire service and many more. You’ll also be able apply for higher education courses, apprenticeships and training courses.

Functional Skills English Level 2 Units

Level 2 English: Speaking, Listening and Communication

  • Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations.
  • Follow narratives and lines of argument.
  • Respond effectively to detailed or extended questions and feedback.
  • Make requests and ask detailed and pertinent questions to obtain specific information in a range of contexts.
  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required.
  • Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive
    evidence.
  • Use language that is effective, accurate and appropriate to context and situation.
  • Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward.
  • Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium.
  • Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register.

Level 2 English: Reading

  • Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
  • Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
  • Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
  • Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
  • Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
  • Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
  • Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
  • Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice

Level 2 English: Writing

Writing Composition

  • (clarity) Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively.
  • (detail) Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length to meet the needs of purpose and audience.
  • (format) Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure.
  • (visual organisation) Convey clear meaning and establish cohesion using organisational markers effectively.
  • (register/ language) Use different language and register suited to audience.
  • (construction) Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Punctuate writing correctly using a wide range of punctuation markers
  • Use correct grammar and modality devices
  • Spell words use in work, study and daily life including a range of specialist words

Ask a question about this course.

    When is the next course starting.
  1. Q When is the next course starting.
    A

    Hi Wayne, 

    Thank you for getting in touch. 

    We are currently taking applications and processing enrolments this week.

    Think Employment

  2. Is this course online? Is the exam online?
  3. Q Is this course online? Is the exam online?
    A Hi Sophia, Thank you for getting in touch. All of our courses are online we don't require you to come into centre. The exams are also done online/in your own home. I hope this helps. Think Employment
  4. Hello, would a functional skills L2 English course be equivalent to an English Language or Literature or both, I have literature, jut not language. Thank you, Nicky.
  5. Q Hello, would a functional skills L2 English course be equivalent to an English Language or Litera...... Read more
    A

    Hi Nicky, 

    The English Level 2 course isn't specific to either Literature or Language. 

    Hope this helps. 

    Think Employment 

  6. How much for the course in total?
  7. Q How much for the course in total?
    A

    Hi Alysha, 

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    The Functional Skills English Level 2 is funded if you are eligible. You can find this out when you apply. 

    If you aren't eligible here are the prices if you choose to fund it yourself: https://www.thinkonlinetraining.com/product/functional-skills-english-level-2-online-course/

    I hope this helps.

    Think Employment

  8. How do I pay for the course if funding isn't available in my area?
  9. Q How do I pay for the course if funding isn't available in my area?
    A

    Hi Lorna, 

    Thank you for getting in touch. 

    Here is the link with information about funding Functional Skills English Level 2 yourself: https://www.thinkonlinetraining.com/product/functional-skills-english-level-2-online-course/ 

    I hope this helps.

    Think Employment

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I had to do English Functional Skill Level 2 exam and I passed first time. The whole team from think employment is incredible from administration, tutors to examiners. Very professional and experienced. Highly recommend to everyone!
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Career Prospects

Having your Functional Skills English (or GCSE equivalent) qualification is vital for many careers and could help you to progress into the career you want, as many careers require a basic level of maths and English, including nursing, teaching, policing, and the fire service.

Your Functional Skills qualification will also enable you to continue your education as it is a requirement for many further education courses, especially at degree level.

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