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Qualification number: 500/9469/5

Credit value: 3


Guided learning hours: 55

Total qualification time: 55

Delivery method: Classroom/Blended learning

Min./Max. learners for classroom-based courses: 4/20

Minimum age to enrol: 14+



Functional Skills qualifications are designed to show employers that you have essential skills that can be used in a wide variety of jobs.

The Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English could be considered as a GCSE `pass` grade C-A*. Many universities are now accepting Functional Skills as a GCSE equivalent qualification. But it is important that you do some further research into this as each university will have their own entry requirements.



Functional Skills are vital to the personal development of all learners. The qualification is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • adults involved in learning programmes to prepare them for work
  • adults in work to provide progression opportunities
  • young people involved in GCSEs in schools
  • those involved in Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Functional Skills qualifications are intended to support learners as they seek to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

The Functional Skills criteria in English aim to equip learners with the skills and confidence to apply and adapt their English knowledge and skills to new situations in their life and work in a range of contexts and for various purposes.

Achieving these qualifications should increase candidates’ confidence and motivation, and the skills they gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

The Functional Skills qualifications in English at Level 1 and Level 2 are designed to assess Functional Skills in English at Level 1 and Level 2 as determined by the Functional Skills criteria. The qualifications require learners to successfully achieve summative assessment tasks that are externally set. Candidates can take these when they have undergone a relevant teaching and learning programme that covers skills criteria in their entirety at either Level 1 or Level 2 and have developed the appropriate skills ready for assessment.

There are no entry requirements. However, you will have to attend to a diagnostic assessment to make sure that this course is right for you.


Level 2 Skill Standard:

  • Make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations.
  • Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions.
  • Write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communication information, ideas and opinions effectively and persuasively.

The Functional Skills qualifications are only available in England and therefore these qualifications are only available in English.

To achieve the NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1 and Level 2, learners would be expected to:

  • apply their knowledge and understanding to identify the approaches required to communicate with others in increasingly unfamiliar and non-routine contexts and situations (complexity)
  • apply a range of techniques across an increasingly wide range of texts, formal and informal situations and contexts (technical demand)
  • use English skills with increasing levels of independence, drawing on a range of approaches to each skill area (independence)
  • apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within familiar contexts across a range of situations and text types (familiarity).

Learning journey

  • 10 session of 3 hours each
  • 5 webinars
  • 10 homework activities directly supervised by your tutor
  • Learning activities on the portal under real-time supervision of your tutor
  • Learning materials (including video and audio), exercises, quizzes available on the e-learning platform

The learners can contact the tutor/assessor via:

  • E-mail (24 hours)
  • Telephone – during the o99 Training Academy working hours
  • In person – during the o99 Training Academy working hours (with a minimum 24 hours’ notice)



Functional Skills qualifications are achieved by the successful completion of externally set summative components in reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication.  Learners need to achieve a pass in each of the three components to achieve a full Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1 or Level 2.

These qualifications are assessed primarily through tasks, rather than traditional knowledge-based tests, helping learners to enhance and apply their problem-solving skills effectively.

Adults and young people will develop vital problem-solving skills, ensuring that they are well equipped for success in employment, further learning and life.

Employers will also benefit as Functional Skills qualifications will help to ensure that employees are able to apply fundamental problem-solving skills in work situations, improving effectiveness and productivity.

Speaking, listening and communication mark schemes specify how the assessments may be contextualised by the centres to meet the needs of their learners without altering the level of the assessment.

The learner will take part in discussions in a range of contexts, some of which include unfamiliar subjects, and make effective presentations.  They will select, read and understand and summarise information from a range of texts and write a range of texts, including extended documents conveying information, ideas and opinions effectively and persuasively.

Learners may use word processing software in the writing assessment, but it is not mandatory. Dictionaries may be used.

The assessments cover the whole of the Level 2 Functional Skills English criteria and coverage and range statements. They sample from the range of contexts identified for the level. The mark schemes specify the performance evidence that is necessary to achieve the full range of marks.  The assessment papers indicate how many marks are available for each task.

No pre-release material is used.  Learners must complete the reading assessment in one hour, the writing assessment in one hour and 15 minutes and the speaking, listening and communication assessment must be completed within 30 minutes.

The Reading and Writing assessments will be externally marked by NOCN. Learners will complete the assessments on a planned assessment date at a specific time. Assessments will then be submitted within 48 hours of completion to NOCN for marking.