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LEVEL: 1 & 2

Functional Skills English is designed to help you improve your English skills to support you in your career and daily life.

We offer a flexible approach where learning is centred around you as the learner and your previous skills and knowledge. Tuition is available via remote online sessions, drop-in classes and/or 1-to-1 tuition at College, or in your workplace. We design our individual packages to best meet your needs and circumstances as a learner.

From the outset of the course we will complete an assessment of your current skills, which will inform an individual learning plan that you and your Tutor will work through to prepare for your final exams. Your exams/assessment will be sat ‘when ready’, meaning when you feel capable we will agree a suitable exam date with you. Exams can be completed either on paper or on-screen and conducted throughout the year.

Learners must be 19 years+.

If you do not already hold a relevant GCSE Grade E/2 in English this qualification can be fully funded.


You will study the following topics:


  • Comprehension
  • Fact/Opinion/Bias
  • Sources of Information
  • Document Composition
  • Compare Different Texts
  • Vocabulary


  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Layouts/Structure
  • Communication

Speaking, Listening and Communicating (SLC)

  • Short Talk/Presentation
  • Group Discussion
  • Q&A

There are 3 elements to the assessment – 2 x written exams and 1 practical assessment


Reading focuses on comprehension, or reading for understanding, and will check your ability to find answers in what you have read. The assessment will provide three non-fiction texts to read, analyse and compare.


Within the writing exam you will be asked to produce two documents, which may include letters, emails, articles and/or reports..

Speaking, Listening & Communicating (SLC)

This is a practical assessment comprising of two tasks – a formal discussion and a short-talk/presentation.