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Functional Skills English Level 2 Course

Course Format:Online Course
Self-Study Time:Approximately 55 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Gain a Functional Skills English Level 2 Qualification

The Functional Skills English Level 2 Course is designed to give learners the opportunity to learn new skills in writing, reading and communication. Functional Skills qualifications can enable learners to develop confidence in their chosen subject and provide you with the practical abilities to improve. The Functional Skills English Level 2 Qualification could also help as a prerequisite for jobs or further education applications. 

Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Listen, understand and make relevant contributions to discussions with others in a range of contexts;
  • Apply their understanding of language to adapt delivery and content to suit audience and purpose;
  • Read a range of different text types confidently and fluently, applying their knowledge and understanding of texts to their own writing;
  • Write texts of varying complexity, with accuracy, effectiveness, and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar;
  • Understand the situations when, and audiences for which, planning, drafting and using formal language are important, and when they are less important.

The English Functional Skills Course has assessments as you progress which are designed to prepare you for the exam and it leads to a Certificate of Completion but learners would need to arrange their Level 2 Functional Skills exams on completion of the course through an authorised examination centre. 

The Functional Skills English Course Includes the Following Units:

The following topics are covered:

  • Identify facts, opinions and bias:

Learn to look into how opinions can sometimes be presented as fact and the ways they can differentiate between a fact and an opinion. Also consider how tone and bias can influence a piece of text and how they can check for hidden bias when reading.

  • Different situations and different purposes of texts:

Explore texts with different purposes, including persuasive text, informative text, descriptive text and instructive text. This unit will also cover texts that are used for more than one purpose.

  • Textual features and devices:

Look at different organisational features that can be used in a piece of text and how these can be identified when reading.

  • Linguistic techniques and devices

In this section, look at different language techniques that can be used in a piece of text for different purposes, such as rhetorical questions, the rule of three, similes, metaphors, alliteration, imperative verbs, and idioms.

  • Comparing and contrasting different texts

Look at the difference between comparing texts and contrasting texts and learn how to identify any similarities or differences between texts.

The following topics are covered:

  • Identifying information and responding to questions

Develop and improve listening skills and consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to giving and receiving instructions or holding an important conversation.

  • Communicate, express opinions and using effective language

Look at how to develop and improve speaking skills and consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to speaking to people in different scenarios and for different purposes. This unit covers how speaking skills can be used to persuade others.

  • Contributions and discussions

In this section, look at the process of preparing a presentation – including how to research a chosen topic and break down areas of a presentation to make it easier for the audience to digest.

The following topics are covered:

  • Punctuation, grammar and sentence structure

In this section, look at the use of commas, apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, conjunctions and clauses within writing. Consider how each of these features can impact on overall sentence structure and the flow of a piece of writing.

  • Spelling Techniques

Look at the importance of correctly spelling common words used in work, study and daily life. Consider the use of singular and plural words, prefixes and suffixes, nouns and verbs, and how all of these can impact spelling techniques.

  • Formal and informal language

This unit focuses on the use of formal and informal language in different scenarios for different purposes and will look at specific situations where the type of language used is crucial, including producing a CV.

  • Layout, format, structure and writing of various texts

Explore a variety of different organisational features and layouts for different texts. The different layouts of letters and emails will be covered, as well as the reasons for using different layout features.

The mock assessment will give you an opportunity to practise your new learning, which you have developed through the use of the course and any further research or wider reading.

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There are no particular requirements for this qualification, however it may be useful to have completed an English qualification at Level 1.

As this is an online course, you will require a stable internet connection that can stream videos and a laptop or tablet with a keyboard and an up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Please Note: The minimum age for applying for this course is 16 or 13 with parental/guardian support.

Course Duration & Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


Each course unit will carry an assessment which is designed to test you on what you have covered, and these will be marked by your course tutor. This will contribute to your Certificate of Completion.  

Please Note:

Learners wanting to gain the Level 2 Funcational Skills Qualification will need to arrange exams through an Exam Centre. 

Information on booking exams through a partnered exam centre will be provided with the course although this can be done through other examination centres if you have a preferred centre in mind.

The price of Functional Skills Exam Fees through our Partnered Exam Centre is currently £111.00 + VAT for English (3 Exams) or £70.00 + VAT for Maths (1 Exam). Exam fees will need to be paid directly to the exam centre.

Open Awards English Functional Skills Qualification

Open Awards

On successful completion of this course students will receive a Certificate of Completion with feedback on your work.

Learners can also apply for the English Funcational Skills Level 2 Examination. On successful completion of the exam, the qualification would be issued through Open Awards. This is a Level 2 qualification (Qualification No 603/4605/X).

You can find further information on qualifications/certificates and their levels on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

Open Awards are an Awarding Body Organisation approved by Ofqual. Set up in 1981, Open Awards (Previously the North West Region of the National Open College Network - OCNNW) have been in business for over 30 years and are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity.

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