course

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Functional Skills English

Location

Hadlow Campus

Functional Skills English will improve your job prospects and will be very important if you want to progress with your learning. Functional Skills English qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to support students to progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes GCSE English courses, as well as courses in other disciplines.

If you are aged 19 or older and have not previously attained a GCSE grades A* to C in English and maths this course could be FREE.

Please apply and you will be contacted with more information.


The course duration is thirty-two weeks, comprising weekly one and a half hour sessions with the expectation of two hours independent study between sessions.

Edexcel Functional Skills English is a linear course. It is focused on reading, writing, and spoken fluency.

Assessment consists of two externally examined components and one internally assessed Speaking and Listening component.

The programme develops skills in the following areas:
• Understanding & Producing Non-fictional Text
• How to Write Different Text Formats including letter writing, emails online forums
• Study of the Spoken Word
• Developing Speaking & Listening Skills
• Developing Reading Comprehension Skills
• Improving Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
• Peer assessment
• Reflection
• Teamwork
• Independent learning

Functional Skills English provides a strong foundation and will develop employability skills. It will prepare for further academic and vocational studies and can support progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes GCSE English courses, as well as courses in other vocational disciplines.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Why should students study this programme?

English is focused on both written and spoken fluency, critical reading and raising literacy skills. A variety of texts are analysed from various real-life contexts, which support learners’ main curriculum study and progression destinations. Learners practice their own creative and informative writing skills, which support their creativity and ability to think critically, again vital skills in education and the workplace. All these skills are transferable into curriculum programs.

The programme is broken down into the following areas:
• Understanding & Producing Non-fictional Text
• How to Write Different Text Formats
• Study of the Spoken Word
• Developing Speaking & Listening Skills
• Developing Reading Comprehension Skills
• Improving Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
  • LOCATION

    Hadlow Campus

  • 36 Weeks

    Part time

  • Awarding body

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

All students are required to carry out a pre-course assessment and short interview. Previous qualifications in English will support the level of Functional Skills you work towards.