Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2

The Level 2 English course is ideal for learners who want to improve their reading and writing skills, either for work or further study. 

What will I study?


  • Select and use different types of texts to obtain relevant information
  • Read and succinctly summarise 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?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • Adults aged 19+ (if studying towards a vocational qualification)

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

What are the entry requirements?

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

How will I be assessed?

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.

What could I progress to?

After you have achieved the Level 2 English qualification, you could progress to:

What is a Study Programme?

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes:

  • Work-related qualification or target
  • Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

Find out more about our Study Programme

How much will the course cost?

English qualifications are free for everyone up to Level 2.