English Functional Skills Level 2

Entry Requirements:

Grade 3 or below in GCSE English.

Why Should You Take This Course?

This qualification is an alternative to GCSE English. It is an excellent opportunity to develop practical skills needed for the workplace as well as managing literacy in your everyday life. It is available to students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above. It is designed to be more accessible than the GCSE as it requires shorter answer questions and fewer essay style questions. However, it is the same level and standard as GCSE. This is a good course for students who have not yet achieved a grade 3 in GCSE and who have completed Functional Skills Entry Level English.

Course Content
Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 consists of one internally set and internally marked Speaking, listening and communicating assessment, one externally assessed Reading assessment and one externally assessed Writing assessment.

How will I be assessed?
Speaking, listening and communicating

  • One 5-minute presentation and linked question and answer session in groups of three to four learners
  • One 15-minute formal discussion together in groups of three to five learners


  • One exam comprised of multiple choice, short
  • Open response and medium open response questions - 75 minutes


  • One exam comprised of two tasks (42% of marks assesses spelling, punctuation and grammar) - 60 minutes

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