Functional Skills English Level 2

City & Guilds

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

If you need an English qualification quickly, in2wrk have a proven track-record in delivering a nationally-recognised City & Guilds course in just a few weeks.

Want to know more? Find out how the course will improve the learner’s knowledge of reading, writing and speaking and listening.

An introduction to Level 2 English

Level 2 English: Modules & Units

During the Functional Skills Level 2 course, our learners will develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. It covers 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

Finding what you want to read

Fact sheet: searching for information

Summarising information you read



Spelling methods

Understanding spelling

Using Punctuation in Writing


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

What qualifications is Functional Skills English Level 2 equivalent to?

A Level 2 Functional Skills qualification is equal to a GCSE (grade A*-C), O-Level (grade A-C), CSE (grade 1), intermediate apprenticeship, Level 2 award, certificate, diploma, ESOL, essential skills, national certificate, national diploma and NVQ.

Who is Functional Skills English Level 2 accredited by?

Our English courses are all through learndirect, the largest provider of skills training in the country. For well over a decade, we’ve combined their quality online material and our experienced Tutors to help thousands of people enhance their literacy skills and take the next step in their careers.

When the course has been completed, learners who pass Functional Skills English Level 2 will receive a City & Guilds qualification which is hugely desirable to employers

How does Functional Skills English Level 2 provide useful skills (real world examples)?

Anyone who is awarded an English qualification at Level 2 can display knowledge in the subject, from reading and writing to speaking and listening. They’ll be able to understand spelling, learn how to communicate effectively and really grasp grammar. These literacy skills will help the learner be proficient in many everyday tasks such as writing letters, reading an online news story or speaking formally in a professional situation.

Also, having a Level 2 qualification can lead to alternative career pathways, as many employers ask for English Level 2 as a minimum requirement on job applications. For example, if you want to become a primary or secondary level teacher, you need to have passed your Level 2 in English!

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