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Functional Skills English (Distance Learning)
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Functional Skills English (Distance Learning)

All assessments are externally set and marked by our awarding body, Open Awards.

You will be required to pass three separate assessments to achieve this qualification. The components do not need to be taken together, but they must all be passed for the qualification to be achieved:

  • One externally set and marked assessment in reading
  • One externally set and marked assessment in writing
  • Controlled assessments in speaking, listening and communication

These assessments test your ability to use English in practical settings such as: Work and education / Community, citizenship and environment / Family, home and social issues.

Admission requirements

Functional Skills give you the opportunity to demonstrate real-life English and Maths skills and achieve a qualification as an alternative route to GCSEs.

Functional Skills English Level 2 is at the same level as a GCSE grade C or above (legacy GCSE grading), or Level 4 or above (reformed GCSE grading).

Many universities now accept Functional Skills instead of an English Language GCSE. Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications can also be used to meet the requirements of Advanced Level Apprenticeships.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

What you will study:

You learn to deal with English problems that will help you develop skills across speaking, listening and communication, reading, and writing.

Examples of the types of skills you will develop include, but not limited to:

  • Considering complex information and giving a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language
  • Preparing for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions
  • Making different kinds of contributions to discussions
  • Reading and summarising, succinctly, information, ideas from different sources
  • Identifying the purposes of texts and commenting on how meaning is conveyed
  • Detecting point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias
  • Using a range of writing styles for different purposes
  • Using a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively


400 GBP

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44 Rochdale Road, Darwin House
OL14 7LD Todmorden Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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