Functional Skills English Level 2

Our course code: X221

Course fee £345 or from £26 per month

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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.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs.

Find out more about the online exam process here.

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 and Listening: What is narrative?

Narrative is used within writing to connect ideas, concepts, and events. In this section, we’ll outline the different forms that narrative can take, and help you figure out how to follow lines of argument, pick out claims being made by the author, and how these can be dismissed or supported by searching for evidence.

2: Speaking and listening: Using language effectively

Want to convince someone that your viewpoint is correct, or make an impact with a speech? Then using language effectively is essential. In this section, we’ll run through exactly what makes writing effective, how to use concise language to make a point, how to use constructive language to deliver feedback, and the difference between ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ word choices.

3: Reading: Instructions, descriptions, and explanations

Now it’s time to analyse some texts. We’ll provide you with a selection of texts, including excerpts from classic literature such as ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker, as well as factual news articles, and you’ll need to make of instructions, descriptions, explanations, or persuasions.

4: Reading: Reference materials

Next, we’ll move on to how to read and understand research, as well as use references when constructing arguments.

5: Reading: Organisational features

Organisational features are aspects of written texts that help readers to locate and comprehend written information, such as bullet points and sub-headings. You’ll look at how these are used within presentations, reports, advertising, websites, and books.

6: Reading: Different styles of text

In this unit, you’ll explore the four main types of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative, and the different purpose that each of them serve.

7: Writing: Meeting the needs of your audience

When you’re writing, it’s crucial that your text of an appropriate level of detail for your audience, and an appropriate length to suit your purpose. In this unit, we’ll cover how to make sure you achieve both of those aims.

8: Writing: Format and structure

Format and structure is incredibly important in order to make writing consistent and logical. In this unit, you’ll look at the key differences between formal and informal writing, how to use standard templates and paragraphs correctly, as well as titles and subtitles.

9: Writing: Conveying meaning

Moving on, you’ll explore how to ensure your writing stays clear, concise, and cohesive. You’ll also find out when to use organisational markers to add emphasis or separate key points.

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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 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 no problem! You can study for and sit your functional skills exams entirely online. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Yes, functional skills courses require you to complete final examinations.

Exams cost just £95 when you choose to sit them online, or to sit them in person here at Oxbridge. If you want us to come to you, it will cost £175 + travel costs. Find out more about the online exam process here.

Although we provide practise papers with your course, if you need more, you’ll be charged an extra £50 per paper for the cost of marking. There are also additional costs for exams: you can either sit these online or here at Oxbridge in Birmingham at a cost of £95, or you can choose to sit them at an exam centre near you. This will cost £175, plus the cost of mileage, for an invigilator to come and supervise. The same costs apply to re-sits.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!