Functional Skills English

Functional Skills English is a comprehensive qualification aimed at enhancing the English reading, writing, and communication abilities of both young individuals and adults. It equips them with practical skills applicable in both professional and everyday settings.

We provide two levels of Functional Skills English, each tailored to foster confidence in English language proficiency. The pinnacle of this qualification is Level 2, which holds equivalence to a GCSE grade C/4.

We have a number of different delivery options available for learners to choose from. No matter the delivery option you choose, you will receive a number of resources which have been adopted from our awarding bodies as well as a number of practice exams for you to complete.

In order to gain a Functional Skills English qualification, you are required to complete and pass a reading exam, a writing exam and a speaking and listening assessment. You can take the exam online or in-person. Once you have passed the exams, you will receive a certificate from the awarding body, Highfield, within seven working days, as proof of the new skills you have learnt! You can use this to apply for your dream job, college or university course.

Our Functional Skills Course Delivery Options

We have a number of different delivery options available for learners to choose from:

Regardless of the delivery option you select, our comprehensive online resources offer a wealth of valuable materials. These include video tutorials, past questions, marking schemes, and other resources from our awarding body. Moreover, a variety of practice exams are available to help you build the knowledge and confidence necessary for your upcoming exam.

Learning Outcomes of Functional Skills English

Taking a Functional Skills English exam has many benefits – from building your confidence in your reading and writing skills, to getting a well-recognised and respected maths qualification for college or university admission or employment, including how to:

  • Engage actively in conversations, demonstrating attentive listening, deep comprehension, and meaningful contributions across various contexts.
  • Tailor your communication to engage your audience and achieve your intended goals effectively. You can optimise word choice, structure, readability, and eloquence by adapting both delivery and content while maintaining the original meaning. Remember, effective language usage is key to conveying your message with impact and clarity.
  • Read a diverse range of text types confidently, leveraging your knowledge and understanding of various texts to enhance your writing. Strive for improved word choice, structure, readability, and eloquence while maintaining the original meaning.
  • Create texts that exhibit a range of complexity, ensuring accuracy and employing correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Strive for optimal word choice, structure, readability, and eloquence while preserving the original meaning.
  • Recognising the contexts where planning, drafting, and employing formal language hold significance and those where their importance is diminished is crucial. By optimising word choice, structure, readability, and eloquence, we can enhance the quality of the content while preserving its original meaning.
Highfield Functional Skills approved centre

Functify Learning (part of Geek School Tutoring) is a training provider for the Highfield awarding body.

Why Choose Our Functional Skills Course?

Get A Nationally Recognised Qualification

Our level 2 Functional Skills courses in English and maths are equivalent to achieving a grade 4 (old C-grade) in the equivalent GCSE exams, and they are nationally recognised by colleges and universities and employers.

No Experience Needed – You Take a Test Before You Start

We will teach you everything you need to know so you can pass the exams, whatever your level. We will help you to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to get to so you can get closer to your dream career!

Experienced Functional Skills Tutors

Apart from getting access to excellent resources and tutorials we provide with our courses, you can be confident in your studies knowing that you will receive support and guidance from your personal tutor during live online weekly lessons.

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