Functional Skills English Level 2

Learning English is a rewarding experience and essential to progressing 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 gives 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. In addition, you’ll also 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. In fact, 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 to 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
  • In addition, 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 ref: 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.

Course Duration

You have up to six 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 six months though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your unlimited tutor support.

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.


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 £145 + 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
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.
Section 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.

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.

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 Home Learning 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 £145 plus the cost of mileage for an invigilator to come a supervise your progress. Just to let you know, Oxbridge Home Learning 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 £145 to resit at an additional centre. Marking for additional practice papers: £50 for three additional practice papers.

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.

The course was excellent

The course was excellent. Danny asked what our objectives were at the start and ensured these were met. Thank you

An exceptional learning experience
Rosemary and Alondra

Oxbridge has provided me and my colleague with excellent support and an exceptional learning experience. As a result of the course content, the fabulous tutor that we both had, the speed in which the course could be done both my colleague and I have passed our exams!


Great place to have the exam

Studying in my own time meant that I could keep my job

Studying in my own time meant that I could keep my job, and spend more time reading when needed, as English is not my first language.

My second course
Tara Maxwell

This is the 2nd course I’ve done with Oxbridge Home Learning and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. The exams were easy to book and the exam space used was lovely.

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