Helping Shape Your Future

Since 1986

Helping Shape Your Future

Since 1986

Functional skills – English

Are you looking to improve your skills in English? Do you need to achieve a Level 2 or equivalent for a new role or course?

As skills-based qualifications which work around practical everyday situations, you will watch online tutorial videos on core topics, complete practical self-marking activities and complete skill checks to build your understanding of those areas you need to improve.

The course is run primarily using our online learning platform, with 1-1 support available. When you are nearing the end of your learning journey, you will be invited to complete mock exams before agreeing your examination date(s).

The exam is split into 3 parts:

  • Reading – Level 1 (60 minutes) / Level 2 (75 minutes)
  • Writing – Level 1 (60 minutes) / Level 2 (60 minutes)
  • Speaking & Listening – Level 1 (30 minutes) / Level 2 (45 minutes)

Examinations are carried out online or at an NWCS site under exam conditions. There are no set timescales for examinations as they can be taken at any time during your course.

Benefits

  • Functional Skills are recognised GCSE alternative qualifications, with a Level 2 being equivalent to a GCSE grade 4-9 (C-A*).
  • The programme is structured to fit around you. We undertake a thorough assessment of your current skills and identify what support you will require to help you achieve your goal.
  • Using a blended learning approach, you will have access to an online learning platform and 1-1 support from a dedicated Training Officer.
  • On successful achievement of your exams, you will be awarded a Functional Skill Qualification in English at either Level 1 or 2 accredited by Pearson.

What you will learn

The course is split between 3 core areas:
  • Reading
    • Text e.g., Organisational and Structural Feature, Compare Information, Ideas and Opinions, Identify Meaning in Texts, and Fact and Opinion, Infer Meaning from Images
    • Word e.g., Reference Materials
  • Writing
    • Text e.g., Paragraphs, Communicating Information, Ideas and Opinions, Format and Structure, Language and Register
    • Spelling e.g., Problem Spellings, Specialist Words, Spelling Strategies
    • Grammar e.g., Subject-Verb Agreement, Tense, Complex Sentences, Definite and Indefinite Articles, Modal Verbs
    • Punctuation e.g., Commas, Inverted Commas, Colons, Semicolons, Omissive Apostrophes/Possessive Apostrophes
  • Speaking & Listening
    • Discussion e.g., Informal and Formal, Active Listening
    • Presentation e.g., Presenting Information

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