Functional Skills English

We offer these qualifications through Pearson edexcel, at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.  This qualification is assessed with one end point exam and you receive a pass or fail there are no grades. Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications are generally accepted as an equivalent of a Grade 4 GCSE (formally a C grade) and is accepted by most universities for most courses, but please check with your university if you have a specific course in mind.

The English Functional Skills qualification takes place in three parts and has three separate exams to pass.  These are Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.

The learning takes place online, followed by tasks and questions sheets.  These tell us how well you have understood the learning, and we can provide extra work if it is required as you move through the curriculum.  Your exams for the Reading and Writing elements will be organised to suit you, once you have demonstrated the level of understanding required to pass these elements.  The exam for speaking and listening requires 3 to 4 learners to run and you will be offered dates throughout your course to attend these.

Speaking and listening has online learning but is generally built around the needs of the individuals we teach.  At level 1 the exam comprises of a short talk with questions and answers, followed by a group discussion.  At level 2 you will need to give a short presentation on a topic of your choice and conduct a question and answer session, followed by a group discussion.

Once the programme of learning is complete, we will put you on mock exams to get you ready for the examination. 

Results of each exam can take up to 4 weeks to arrive at busy times of the year but often come back sooner. A certificate is only issued after all three elements have been passed. Students are emailed notification of their results.  If you do not pass any one element you can retake that exam, you do have to retake everything. We will not have access to your actual paper, this is retained by the awarding body to ensure the integrity of the examination system.