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Functional Skills English​ - Online


Who is this course for?

Need a Level 2 English qualification for work?

Want a Level 2 Nationally recognised qualification?

Want to improve your speaking, reading and writing skills?

Want to open the door to more work opportunities?

Want to develop skills for work or life?


This may be the course for you.


This course is for adults who are looking to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of English, in order to achieve a Certificate in Functional Skills English, either at level 1 or level 2.






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Online Course* September dates coming soon register now.      

Online courses are purely taught online so you can study from the comfort of your own home at any time of the day. ​To find out more about how Blended and Online courses are delivered Click Here


Course Details:

This course runs for 24 weeks at 2.5 hours per lesson. It is also offered as Intensive or Fast Track. Please ask for details when enquiring.

When you enrol with us, we will ask you to complete a simple test. If your level of English is above this level then we will refer you to that level English course. We do this to make sure you are studying at the right level to ensure your personal growth and development.

You will be encouraged to attend regularly.  Our Functional Skills Level 2 qualification is the same complexity as a GCSE English qualification and is regarded as an equivalent Level 2 qualification with employers when looking for jobs. 

Entry Requirements:

You will need to have at least Entry Level 3 skills before joining the Functional Skills English. 


You will need to provide evidence that you have any of the following:

  • Been a resident of the UK/EU for the past three years.

  • Proof of immigration status


The benefits of this course:

Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of English to a recognised level and gain a qualification to evidence your ability. Be able to participate more fully in everyday life in a professional manner and become more employable.

Improve your skills and knowledge of

• Speaking and listening (presentation skills)

• Reading and understanding a variety of types of text

• Writing professionally



For the online course all of the materials will be available for you to view anytime each week. There will be an assigned tutor who will be on hand to help with any questions, guidance, help or advice you need whilst studying using the online materials. At present you will be required to attend the centre in small groups in order to complete your Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing assessments due to the conditions set by the examining body. 


For blended courses, you will study 1 week in the classroom and 1 weekn studying from home. This will be on a rolling basis for the full length of the course. The classroom based classes are taught at a set time and place and the home studying can be done at anytime in that week. This course is tutor led who will be available both when in the classroom and outside of those hours to provide help and support with your learning. 


You will be taught in a with one-to-one, pairs and small group work, discussion, role play and themed practical activities.  This will provide you with lots of opportunities to develop your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.


For this course you would need to commit approximately 2.5 hours a week to complete your study. 


How will progress be monitored and assessed?

Progression will be monitored through assessment via observation of practical activities, marking of completed work and through group discussion. You will complete an individual Personal Learning Plan and reflect on your own progress each week in a Personal learning journal. Your tutor will provide you with both written and verbal feedback on how you can progress and develop your skills on a weekly basis.



You will be able to work towards a nationally recognised qualification in English. On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a Certificate in Functional Skills English (Level 1) or a Certificate in Functional Skills English (Level 2).   You will be given advice and guidance about the best starting point for you.


After completing this course, could I progress onto another course?

This course can provide progression onto the next Functional Skills level or to GCSE English. Gaining a qualification at Level 2 can provide an entry point into a wide variety of career options and other further study.


Costs and Fees?

There are no fees charged to you.

Your course fees are paid for through the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is government funding.


Equipment Required:

As this course is online you would need access to a laptop, desktop or tablet and an internet connection for at least 2.5 hours a week.