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Functional Skills English (Level 2) (19+) — Online Learning

Course outline

This Functional Skills English course will extend your knowledge of reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating.

There are three modules:


  • Unit 1: Identify facts, opinions and bias
    • You will look into how opinions can sometimes be presented as fact and the ways they can differentiate between a fact and an opinion. You will also consider how tone and bias can influence a piece of text and how they can check for hidden bias when reading.
  • Unit 2: Different situations and different purposes of texts
    • You will explore texts with different purposes, including persuasive text, informative text, descriptive text and instructive text. This unit will also cover texts that are used for more than one purpose.
  • Unit 3: Textual features and devices
    • You will look at different organisational features that can be used in a piece of text and how these can be identified when reading.
  • Unit 4: Linguistic techniques and devices
    • In this unit you will look at different language techniques that can be used in a piece of text for different purposes, such as rhetorical questions, the rule of three, similes, metaphors, alliteration, imperative verbs and idioms.
  • Unit 5: Comparing and contrasting different texts
    • In this unit you will look at the difference between comparing texts and contrasting texts and will learn how to identify any similarities or differences between texts.

Speaking, Listening and Communication

  • Unit 1: Identifying information and responding to questions
    • You will look at how they can develop and improve their listening skills and will consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to giving and receiving instructions or holding an important conversation.
  • Unit 2: Communicate, express opinions and using effective language
    • You will look at how they can develop and improve their speaking skills and will consider how crucial these skills are when it comes to speaking to people in different scenarios and for different purposes. This unit covers how speaking skills can be used to persuade others.
  • Unit 3: Contributions and discussions
    • In this unit you will look at the process of preparing a presentation – including how to research a chosen topic and break down areas of a presentation to make it easier for the audience to digest.


  • Unit 1: Punctuation, grammar and sentence structure
    • In this unit, you will look at the use of commas, apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, conjunctions and clauses within writing. You will consider how each of these features can impact on overall sentence structure and the flow of a piece of writing.
  • Unit 2: Spelling
    • You will look at the importance of correctly spelling common words used in work, study and daily life. You will consider the use of singular and plural words, prefixes and suffixes, nouns and verbs, and how all of these can impact on spelling techniques.
  • Unit 3: Formal and informal language
    • Within this unit, you will focus on the use of formal and informal language in different scenarios for different purposes and look at specific situations where the type of language used is crucial, including producing a CV.
  • Unit 4: Layout, format, structure and writing of various texts
    • You will explore a variety of different organisational features and layouts for different texts. The different layouts of letters and emails will be covered, as well as the reasons for using different layout features.

This course is delivered via distance learning, allowing you to choose when and where you study. Studying will enhance both your personal skills and professional development.

To complete the qualification you will need to take an exam either online or on campus.

You will have a Personal Tutor to ensure you have all the support needed to succeed.

You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.

How to enrol onto this course

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You will study this course at your own pace, but it must be completed within 16 weeks. You will receive an automated email reminding you of when you need to complete your assignment.

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course but you must be aged 19 or over.

Please note: All students will need to complete an Initial Assessment before being enrolled onto the course.

Teaching & assessment

To complete the qualification you will need to take an exam either online or on campus.

Those who wish to take their exams using our remote option, please note that you will require a laptop/computer with windows and a working webcam.


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Additional information

The government is funding Functional Skills courses for adults aged 19+ who do not have a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in this subject and who are looking to retrain or upskill. You can find out what information you need to submit here.

You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.