Functional Skills English

Functional Skills Qualifications English

We offer these qualifications through Edexcel/Pearson, from Entry Level through to Level 2. These qualification are completed by end point assessments and you will receive a pass or fail grade.   Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications are accepted by 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 and 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 element.  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 present on a topic of your choice for 5 minutes 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.  You may take your exam either online or paper based, the online exams require 48 hours notice and the paper based a minimum of 2 weeks.  There is familiarisation software available for the online exams to help you and us, judge the best method for you to take your exams.

Your results can take up to 4 weeks to arrive at busy times of the year, and these are checked at the centre daily with emails sent out to inform students of their results.  If you do not pass the exam, you have a four week period at the end of your course where you can access the learning and book a retake at the cost of £25.  Your tutor may be able to get you a breakdown of your exam results, but we will not have access to your actual paper, which is kept by Edexcel/Pearson until the exam is no longer used for testing, to ensure the integrity of the examination system.