What is Functional Skills English?

These are English courses for adults over the age of 18. There are five levels to functional skills; Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

Each level provides an adult with developed English skills which are required for work and day-to-day activities. The higher the level attained the better it is for the learner as this will represent higher development of skills. The level 2 qualification is equivalent to a pass in English GCSE (9 to 4 or an A* to C grade in the old grading system).

Functional Skills teaches learners valuable skills required for work which will enhance their job opportunities and also skillset and capabilities. The course covers necessary English skills including Reading, Writing and Speaking.


Why Study Functional Skills English?

This is a great way to ensure you possess the English skills which are required by most work and employers as the Level 2 qualification is equivalent to that of a GCSE. Having this qualification will allow adults to:

  • Apply for better skilled jobs which require a GCSE or equivalent in English
  • Progress onto further education (A-Levels)
  • Progress onto University
  • Enrol onto an apprenticeship
  • Progress into a career in teaching or nursing
  • Take an active part in helping their children with work from school
  • Become more confident in using English skills in day-to-day life


Is Functional Skills English a Recognised Qualification?

This qualification is recognised nationwide. Education bodies, employers and training bodies all accept this as a qualification equivalent to that of a GCSE pass.

The curriculum for Functional Skills English is set by the Government meaning it meets all of the requirements for the skills which are needed. After adults complete any given level, they will receive a certificate to show they have successfully completed and passed the requirements and achieved the qualification.

Functional Skills English is accredited by examining bodies including:

  • AQA
  • City & Guilds
  • NCFE
  • NOCN
  • OCR
  • Pearson

Our certificates are awarded by NCFE, Pearson and City & Guilds.

Functional Skills English Assessment

Learners must begin with completing an initial assessment to see what level they will do in the English Functional Skills.

The actual assessment will consist of a learner completing a speaking test which involves a talk with an assessor and also a group discussion. The learner will also complete a written exam which will test their writing skills. Finally the learner will complete a reading test. The learner must pass all 3 tests in order to successfully attain the certificate in the chosen level of their Functional Skills English.


Functional Skills English Syllabus

The Functional Skills English Syllabus includes:

  • Reading– Essential for understanding tasks and completing tasks to the fullest of capabilities
  • Writing– Required in everyday life and heavily required in a professional workforce
  • Grammar & Punctuation– Makes an individual seem more professional
  • Speaking & Listening– Improve your ability to communicate with others in a professional way

At Apex Skills Training we offer Functional Skills English courses from Entry Level 1 to Level 2 so we are sure to offer a course for every adult interested in the course.

Contact us today to complete the registration process and begin your journey towards a brighter future.