Functional skills course – English

This is a qualification available to all ages and learner types. It will equip you with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

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Course overview

At a glance




10 weeks



About the course

Functional Skills is about the practical application of English. This means how you actually use these skills in real life situations.​

This 10 week course is a great opportunity for those looking to gain their English qualification. The skills learnt can help to improve performance, boost confidence and support both business and personal growth.

They are respected qualifications awarded by City & Guilds and they are accepted as GCSE A-C (or 4-9) equivalents. ​Completing your Functional Skills can aid your progression within your current place of work​.

This course is cost-free to learners.

To register interest, please fill out this expression of interest form.

Is this course right for you?

You are eligible if you are over the age of 19 and are either employed or unemployed.

Additional eligibility will apply. Please contact us for further details.

Elqira Wiglet

My trainers were very supportive, so it wasn’t long before I successfully completed my diploma, maths and English.

Elwira Wiglat, Senior Support Worker, Pinfold

What you’ll learn

The programme will help you to develop your functional English skills and take you up to GCSE level.

Topics covered will include:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking and listening

We will help you to gain a recognised qualification in English.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

You will use a mixture of learning platforms and resources throughout your course.

Learning methods include:

  • One day a week – for approximately 10 weeks
  • Bespoke learning plan
  • Support from a dedicated trainer
  • Mock exam papers will be available to sit when you are ready.

Frequently asked questions

What is functional skills English equivalent to?

Level 2 Functional Skills in English would be equivalent to a GCSE 4 (or grade C on the older scoring system).

What are functional skills in the UK?

Functional Skills are the fundamental skills that people need for their working and personal lives. They include English, Maths and ICT.

What level is functional skills English?

We offer functional skills in Levels 1 and 2. Level 2 would be equivalent to a GCSE.

Is functional skills harder than GCSE?

Functional skills are equivalent to GCSE’s, therefore they are not expected to be an easier route.

How long does functional skills take to complete?

Typically, functional skills take up to 10 weeks to complete. However, this can vary depending on how you choose to study, your own work commitments and whether the course forms part of another programme such as an apprenticeship.

Ready to take the next step?

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