City & Guilds Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 2

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Course content


  • Select and use different types of texts to obtain relevant information
  • Read and summarise succinctly information from different sources
  • Identify the purpose of text and comment on how effectively meaning is conveyed
  • Detect point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias
  • Read and actively respond to different texts e.g. reply to each point in a letter of complaint


  • Present information precisely logically and persuasively
  • Present information on complex subjects
  • Use a range of different styles of writing for different purposes
  • Use a range of sentence structures including complex sentences
  • Punctuate accurately using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas
  • Ensure that written work has accurate grammar, punctuation and that meaning is clear

Speaking & Listening

  • Listen to complex information and give relevant, cogent response in appropriate language
  • Present information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others
  • Adapt contributions in discussions to suit audience purpose and situation
  • Make significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward to reach decisions

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for students who:

  • have achieved Level 1 Functional Skills
  • are taking a vocational course for which English is required
  • would like to brush up on their GCSE English skills in order to start a vocational programme

Assessment method

At the end of the course there will be two paper based tests (Reading & Writing), a recorded conversation and an individual presentation (5-10 minutes) for Speaking & Listening. You will have one hour to answer the reading paper and 1 hour and 15 minutes to answer the writing test. You take both papers on the same day. The exam papers are sent off to the exam board for marking so you can expect your results about a month after sitting the exam. There will then be an opportunity to discuss progression routes.

Entry requirements

To start on this course you need to show at initial assessment that this is a suitable level for your current skills.

Future opportunities / career options

This course prepares you for progression to:

  • Level 3 Functional Skills English
  • a full GCSE course
  • any course where an entry requirement is a Level 2 English qualification
  • a Level 3 vocational course