Functional Skills English

What is Functional Skills English?

Functional Skills English are English courses for adults. There are five levels; entry level 1, 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

The level 2 English qualification is the the same as a GCSE English pass grade. (GCSE English 9 to 4 or A* to C in old GCSE grading system).

Functional Skills English helps adults improve their English skills in practical ways. Functional Skills English questions use real-life examples and situations. They cover essential English skills including reading, writing and speaking.

Each of the five qualifications will help you develop English skills needed for work and day-to-day life.

Why study Functional Skills English?

The most popular reason to study Functional Skills English is if you need to retake your English GCSE. If you failed GCSE English and need to resit this is the English course for you. Especially if you want to retake GCSE English from home.

Achieving your Functional Skills English Level 2 will help you;

  • Apply for a job that requires GCSE English pass grade
  • Access higher education
  • Enrol on an apprenticeship
  • To start careers in nursing and teaching
  • To go to University
  • Improve your skills and confidence with day-to-day reading, writing and speaking tasks
  • Help your children with their English homework

For some apprenticeships, you may only need Functional Skills English Level 1.

Is Functional Skills English a recognised qualification?

Yes, it’s also a nationally recognised qualification. By employers, education organisations and training companies. Accredited by examining bodies including;

  • AQA
  • City & Guilds
  • NCFE
  • NOCN
  • OCR
  • Pearson

The curriculum for Functional Skills English is set by the government.

You’ll receive a Functional Skills English certificate for each learning level.

Functional Skills English Assessment

You’ll need to complete an initial assessment and diagnostic before starting a course.

Functional Skills English Initial Assessment: this is an assessment of your English skills level. The result of the assessment will help decide which English level your course should start from.

Functional Skills English Diagnostic Test: this tests your strengths and weaknesses at your English level. To help create your personal learning plan for reading, speaking and writing tasks.

Where can I learn Functional Skills English?

You can learn Functional Skills English online or at a local learning centre. If you learn online, you’ll still need to take your test at a local test centre.

Where can I learn Functional Skills English?

You can learn Functional Skills English online or at a local learning centre. If you learn online, you’ll still need to take your test at a local test centre.

Functional Skills English Level 1

Find out more about Functional Skills English Level 1.

Functional Skills English Level 2

Find out more about Functional Skills English Level 2.

Functional Skills English Syallabus

Reading

Reading is an important part of everyday life. From reading instructions or emails at work, to reading bedtime stories to your children. We can help you improve your reading skills.

Writing

Is writing something you struggle with? Improving your writing skills will help make your life easier, at work and at home.

Grammar & Punctuation

Poor grammar and punctuation looks unprofessional and is difficult to read. Is your punctuation and grammar holding you back?

Writing

The devil is in the detail and spelling is no exception. A great C.V., work email or business plan with poor spelling will look unprofessional. Don’t rely on spellcheck, improve your spelling.

Vocabulary

Trying to describe something is frustrating when you can’t find the right words. Expanding your vocabulary makes it easier to describe things and get your point across without getting tongue-tied.

Speaking and listening

Strong communication skills are If you have your sights set on working in a management role, strong communication skills are crucial. Improve your listening and speaking skills on our Functional Skills course.

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