Functional Skills English – Level 2



The qualification covers key areas of the English language, including reading comprehension, writing skills, spoken communication, and listening comprehension. Participants learn to effectively understand and analyse written texts, produce well-structured and coherent written pieces, engage in oral communication, and comprehend spoken language in various contexts.

The reading component of the Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification focuses on developing individuals' ability to comprehend and interpret different types of texts. Participants learn strategies for skimming and scanning texts, identifying main ideas, understanding vocabulary in context, and analysing the writer's tone and purpose. They practice reading a range of texts, including fiction, non-fiction, articles, reports, and workplace documents. This enhances their reading comprehension skills and enables them to extract information and derive meaning from diverse written materials.

Writing skills are another important aspect of the Level 2 qualification. Participants learn to produce well-structured and coherent pieces of writing for different purposes and audiences. They explore different genres and forms of writing, such as letters, emails, reports, essays, and narratives. They develop skills in planning, drafting, and revising their written work, ensuring clarity, coherence, and accuracy. They also learn grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules to enhance the overall quality of their writing. These skills enable individuals to express their ideas effectively and convey information in a professional manner.

The spoken communication component focuses on developing individuals' ability to engage in verbal interaction and effectively express themselves in various contexts. Participants practice speaking in both formal and informal settings, such as discussions, presentations, and interviews. They learn techniques for organising their thoughts, using appropriate language and tone, and engaging their audience. They also develop active listening skills, enabling them to understand and respond appropriately to verbal instructions, discussions, and presentations. These skills promote effective communication and enable individuals to express themselves confidently and fluently.

Listening comprehension is another vital aspect of the Level 2 qualification. Participants enhance their ability to understand spoken language in different situations and formats. They practice listening to conversations, presentations, interviews, and audio recordings. They develop skills in identifying key information, understanding main ideas, and inferring meaning from context. They also learn to recognise different accents, speech patterns, and register variations. These skills enable individuals to effectively comprehend and respond to spoken language, both in personal and professional settings.

At this level, once you have completed the course you will be able to:

Listen and respond

  • Listen for and identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations on a range of topics
  • Listen to, understand and follow lengthy or multi-step instructions and narratives on a range of topics and in a range of contexts
  • Respond to detailed or extended questions on a range of topics
  • Respond to criticism and criticise constructively

Speak to communicate

  • Speak clearly and confidently in a way which suits the situation
  • Make requests and ask questions to obtain detailed information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • Express clearly statements of fact, explanations, instructions, accounts, descriptions using appropriate structure, style and vocabulary
  • Present information and ideas in a logical sequence and provide further detail and development to clarify or confirm understanding

Engage in Discussion

  • Make relevant contributions and help to move discussions forward
  • Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, context, purpose and situation
  • Use appropriate phrases for interruption and change of topic
  • Support opinions and arguments with evidence
  • Use strategies intended to reassure (e.g. body language and appropriate phraseology)

Reading comprehension

  • Trace and understand the main events of continuous descriptive, explanatory and persuasive texts
  • Identify the purpose of a text and infer meaning which is not explicit
  • Identify the main points and specific detail
  • Read an argument and identify the points of view
  • Read critically to evaluate information, and compare information, ideas and opinions from different sources
  • Use organisational features and systems to locate texts and information
  • Use different reading strategies to find and obtain information (e.g. skimming, scanning, detailed reading)
  • Summarise information from longer documents

Writing composition

  • Plan and draft writing
  • Judge how much to write and the level of detail to include
  • Present information and ideas in a logical or persuasive sequence, using paragraphs where appropriate
  • Use format and structure to organise writing for different purposes
  • Use formal and informal language appropriate to the purpose and audience
  • Use different styles of writing for different purposes (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, technical vocabulary)
  • Proof-read and revise writing for accuracy and meaning

Grammar and punctuation

  • Use implicit and explicit grammatical knowledge, alongside your own knowledge and experience of context, to help follow the meaning and judge the purpose of different types of text
  • Use punctuation to help interpret the meaning and purpose of texts
  • Construct complex sentences
  • Use correct grammar (e.g. subject-verb agreement, correct and consistent use of tense)
  • Use pronouns so that their meaning is clear
  • Punctuate sentences correctly, and use punctuation accurately (e.g. commas, apostrophes, inverted commas)

Vocabulary, word recognition and phonics

  • Read and understand technical vocabulary
  • Use reference material to find the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Recognise and understand vocabulary associated with texts of different levels of accessibility, formality, complexity and of different purpose

Spelling and handwriting

  • Spell correctly words used most often in work, studies and daily life, including familiar technical words
  • Produce legible text

The Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English offers several benefits to individuals. Firstly, it enhances employability and educational opportunities. Proficiency in English language skills is highly valued by employers and educational institutions. This qualification demonstrates individuals' ability to communicate effectively in English, which is essential in various job roles and academic pursuits.

Secondly, the qualification promotes personal and social development. Improved English language skills enable individuals to engage more confidently in social interactions, express their ideas effectively, and participate actively in their communities. It also enhances critical thinking and analytical skills through reading and analysing texts.

Additionally, the qualification fosters digital literacy as it incorporates digital elements, such as online resources, digital reading materials, and word processing for written tasks. This prepares individuals for the digital demands of the modern world.

The Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English is a comprehensive program that enhances individuals' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Through developing skills in reading comprehension, writing, spoken communication, and listening comprehension, individuals gain the ability to understand and analyse texts, produce coherent written pieces, engage in effective communication, and comprehend spoken language. This qualification provides individuals with a strong foundation in English language skills, increasing their employability, educational opportunities, and overall communication abilities.



Course Type / Level




Who is this for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to refresh, update and develop their English skills and achieve a qualification which is in high demand from employers.
It is also suitable for those who have completed the Functional Skills Level 1 English Course.

Entry Requirements

Age 19 +
EU/UK resident for the last 3 Years

Dates and Duration

Start Date: 11 September 2023
Time: 17:30 - 20:30
Day: Monday
Duration: 45 Weeks

Start Date: 13 September 2023
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Day: Wednesday
Duration: 45 Weeks

Start Date: 14 September 2023
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Day: Thursday
Duration: 45 Weeks


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Progression Route

You may progress onto a GCSE English course after completing your L2 Functional Skills course.

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The Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English is a comprehensive program designed to enhance individuals' proficiency in English language skills. This qualification is recognised and widely valued by employers and educational institutions, as it demonstrates a solid foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The Level 2 qualification is intended for individuals who already possess a basic understanding of English and aims to further develop their skills to a more advanced level.

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