Functional Skills English Level 2

Level 2 English is a government accredited English course equivalent to a GCSE English pass grade. Find out more about how Functional Skills English Level 2.

What is Functional Skills English Level 2?

Learn the English skills you need to get by in education, the workplace and everyday life with our Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

Do you need help with Functional Skills English? Start one of our Functional Skills English online courses with support from our English tutors.

Why choose Functional Skills English Level 2?

It can take as little as 1 week to complete your Functional Skills English Level 2 course and pass the test. Much quicker than GCSE English, especially if you have to wait 6 months to sit your GCSE English exams.

Are you trying to apply for a job, improve your career options or progress in education? Choose Level 2 English and achieve your goals more quickly. 

What can I use my Functional Skills English Level 2 qualification for?

A GCSE English pass grade or equivalent is essential for many careers and education courses. A Functional Skills English Level 2 qualification will help you.

  • Apply for a job that requires a GCSE English 9 to 4, or A* to C
  • Access higher education
  • Enrol on an access course
  • Enrol on an apprenticeship
  • Start a career in nursing
  • Start a career in teaching
  • Go to University

You may have personal reasons for improving their English skills. For example; 

  • To help your children with their English homework and revision
  • Or to improve your skills and confidence with English for day-to-day tasks

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Level 2 English: Modules & Units?

During your Functional Skills English Level 2 course, you’ll improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The Level 2 English syllabus includes the following units:


Vocabulary and Word Recognition

Looking up words

Types of vocabulary

Words and their meanings

Reading technical vocabulary

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and reading

Punctuation and reading

Reading Comprehension 1

Reading and understanding

Reading for main points or detail

Arguments, feuds and opinion

Reading critically

Fact sheet: layout characteristics

Fact sheet: comparing and contrasting texts

Fact sheet: bias and opinion

Reading Comprehension 2

Understanding the right level of detail

Finding information

Scanning and skimming



Spelling methods

Understanding spelling

Grammar and Punctuation


Using commas

Speech and inverted commas

Writing and Grammar 1

Formal and informal language

Creating complex sentences


Fact sheet: creating complex sentences

Writing and Grammar 2

Choosing the correct writing style

Planning your writing

Sequencing your information

Organising your writing

Writing and Grammar 3


Fact sheet: producing legible text

Speaking and Listening

Listen and Respond

Tuning into relevant information

Listening to follow and understand

Answering questions

Giving and taking constructive criticism

Speak to Communicate

Speaking clearly and with confidence

Finding out what you need to know

Presenting your ideas

Choosing and organising your words

Engage in Discussion

Contributing to discussions

Switching the discussion to another topic

Getting the facts right

Using reassuring behaviour