Functional Skills English Level 2

Our course code: X221

Course fee £325 or from £25 per month

Enrol on this course

Learning English is a rewarding experience and essential to progress in life, learning and career. An English course should be insightful, accessible, achievable and fun. Often equivalent to GCSE English, our Functional Skills English Level 2 gives you just that. Delivered in easy-to-follow terms, functional skills cut out the noise and give students exactly what they want – transferable reading, writing and communication skills to reach the next step of their learning journey or career.

Why Functional Skills English?

Functional Skills English prepares you for post-study by equipping you with vital real-world skills. Ever had trouble filling out forms, understanding technical letters or presenting your ideas to others? If so, functional skills were made for you! Furthermore, they’re officially recognised by NCFE, easier to digest, obtain and are fully accepted by employers, colleges and universities. It’s a total win-win situation!

87% of employers value Functional Skills for their approach to applied skills, flexible assessment and problem solving. (Education and Training Foundation)

Develop the key aspects of English, such as creating effective presentations to adapting work to suit an audience, purpose or situation. Also, you’ll gather information, compare texts, and learn to communicate your ideas and opinions in a persuasive way. Perfect for people of all backgrounds, including foreign students. It’s an ideal companion course for anyone looking for a GCSE equivalent qualification.

In today’s world, strong English and Maths skills are incredibly important. We recommend coupling your Functional Skills English with Functional Skills Maths Level 2. So, give yourself a fighting chance with two qualifications that will make a difference in your future. Equally important, you’ll get unlimited support and six practise papers to aid your reading and writing and achieve your goals.

When studying Functional Skills English Level 2, you’ll learn to:

  • Summarise information from different sources
  • Identify the purpose and meaning of texts
  • Detect bias and consider responses in texts
  • Write a range of texts persuasively
  • Understand English Language, grammar and punctuation
  • Also, you’ll learn so much more.

Functional Skills English gives you transferable reading, writing and communication skills to reach the next step of your career.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X221
  • Qualification code: 603/5054/4
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 45 hours of study to complete this course.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to 6 months in total to complete this course but on average takes learners around 2-3 months to complete. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


This course is designed for distance learning study. To successfully pass the course, you’ll complete a series of practice papers and, with your tutor’s approval, your final examinations. Final exams cost just £95 when you come to Oxbridge. However, if you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Speaking, Listening and Communication

Make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations. You’ll consider complex information, present ideals clearly to others, participate in discussions and adapt your contributions to suit an audience, purpose and situation.

2: Reading

Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and other opinions. You’ll be able to obtain and use relevant information, summarise ideas from different sources, identify and comment of the purpose of texts, detect bias, analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses in relation to three or more texts.

3: Writing

Write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions effectively and persuasively. You’ll learn to present information logically, concisely, and use various writing styles for different purposes. Finally, you’ll consider sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation to ensure you communicate with your audiences effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will need to complete a final examination to complete this course. Course price involves all learning materials, tutor support and practice tests. Additional costs required for extra practice papers (beyond initial 4, that tutors will have to mark), registration for examinations, and examination resits. See below: If you choose to come to the Oxbridge college in Birmingham, you can sit your examinations for just £95 – we'll even throw in a free coffee to keep you going! However, if you wish to sit the exam at a centre closer to where you live, the price will be £175 plus the cost of mileage for an invigilator to come a supervise your progress. Just to let you know, Oxbridge is only a 15 minute walk from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations – we love meeting our students, too! The cost for examination resits are offered on the same basis – £95 if you come to our college in Birmingham or £175 to resit at an additional centre. Marking for additional practice papers: £50 for three additional practice papers.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.