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Functional Skills English Level 2 Including Exams

Key Points

  • Develop practical skills in English
  • Learn how to understand text, recognise bias and write in different styles
  • Gain a nationally recognised GCSE alternative qualification
  • Get enhanced tutor support
  • Online exam included

About your Courses

Functional Skills courses are designed to give you the key practical skills you need to use English in your everyday life. This course bundle allows you to study and gain nationally a recognised GCSE alternative qualification.

Functional Skills qualifications can help to improve your job prospects as well as get onto college and university courses. Additionally, you will develop skills that will give you greater confidence in work and at home whether that’s creating a budget or writing a formal letter.

This course option also provides you with a specialist tutor who will guide you through your learning. You will receive an hour of one-to-one time with your tutor focussed on your unique needs and additional learning in areas you find difficult. You will be given an email address for your tutor who will be available for support during office hours.

In addition, you will have tutor-marked assignments and a full set of mock exams, all with feedback from your specialist tutor identifying any areas where you need further revision.

When you have completed the course material, you’ll be ready to sit your online exam. Your exam is included in this bundle so there are no further fees. All you need to do is contact exams@learndirect.com and get it booked. The exam is invigilated so you’ll need a working web cam.

Upon gaining your Functional Skills Level 2 in English, you'll get a qualification that is the equivalent to a grade C or above at GCSE (new grade 4). This means that you are able to demonstrate your ability to use both English and maths at this level. This is essential for certain careers – such as teaching – so your employment prospects open up considerably.

Getting Started

Our courses contain all of the learning material you will need to stand the best chance of passing your exam, all the way from entry levels right up to level 2.

Our English course has been written by subject specialists so you can be confident that you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to use what you have learned effectively.

We know that no two people are the same, by completing our level and skills checkers you can create a programme made just for you, containing all of the areas of English you need and refreshing those you are already good at.

As part of this bundle, you also get your exam. Your exam will be invigilated remotely online so you can take it from the comfort of your own home! They are delivered by Stonebridge Associated Colleges and accredited by Open Awards. Open Awards is an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) approved Awarding Organisation. Awarding Organisation approved by Ofqual  – the regulatory body who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. Our online offering allows you to learn from anywhere. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

The online learning portal will give you access to all your course materials, whenever you want to study them.

*Please note that entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your Functional Skills qualifications will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

Great news... there are no entry requirements for this bundle! All you need is a laptop or computer with an internet connection for your learning.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

Equipment Requirements:

For you to sit a remotely invigilated assessment, you’ll need the following equipment/environment:

  • Laptop/desktop with webcam and microphone (Microsoft Windows or a Mac, Chromebooks cannot be used)
  • Wi-Fi connection (Min 1Mbit/s upload | Min 10Mbit/s download)
  • Smartphone or tablet (Apple iOS 8.0 / Android 4.1 or higher)
  • Suitable test environment (quiet room with no distractions)

Your laptop/desktop will run the assessment software and your smartphone or tablet will be used to record you and the assessment. The assessment itself cannot be sat on a smartphone or tablet.

Laptop/desktop Requirements:

You’ll need to have access to a laptop/desktop that has the following setup:

  • Broadband speed/bandwidth: - Minimum 1Mbit/s upload speed - recommended upload speed is 1.5Mbit/s - Minimum 10Mbit/s download speed - Tethering via a mobile phone is not supported. Tip: You could try connecting your computer directly to your Wi-Fi router using an ethernet cable to improve and/or guarantee your connection. You can test your broadband speed/bandwidth here: https://www.speedtest.net/ The operating systems supported are Windows 8 or higher, and MAC OS X (latest and previous releases). Chromebooks are not supported therefore shouldn’t be used
  • Wi-Fi connection – you should be positioned where the signal is strongest
  • Web browser – you’ll need the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Webcam required – maximum resolution of 1280 x 720
  • Microphone required
  • Audio required
  • If possible, turn off any updates on devices
  • Ensure that your laptop/desktop is plugged in for the duration of the assessment

Note: Attempting to use a laptop or device that is intended for work purposes may have restricted access and admin rights installed. This may cause issues when trying to access the ProctorExam platform and therefore it is recommended that you use a personal laptop or device.

Mobile Devices:

You’ll need a smartphone or tablet on which you’ll need to download the ProctorExam app. You can download the app by accessing the Google Play Store (Android devices) or the App Store (iOS (Apple) devices) and searching for ProctorExam. Our instructions for downloading the app will be provided during the system check process once your assessment is booked. 

Specifications for downloading and running the app are:

Please note that the Google Pixel series of phones are currently unsupported due to issues with blurring within the ProctorExam application.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions through your learning platform. 

  • Android 4.1 or higher / iOS (Apple) 8.0 or higher
  • Video resolution must be minimum 800 x 600 px
  • Ensure you can connect to Wi-Fi – so you don’t use up your data
  • Ensure your mobile device can be plugged in for the duration of your assessment

Functional Skills English includes sections on:

  • Reading – This module looks at different types of layout features and how these can impact the reader; reading for information, including looking at biased pieces of work that will help you to work out how much the opinions of certain authors can be trusted. All of the reading skills that you learn will be tested in quizzes and a tutor-marked assignment at the end of each section, ensuring that you are ready to sit your final exam, should you choose to do so.
  • Writing – As well as covering the best way to write certain pieces of text, this module will also test and improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, ensuring that you are ready to sit your final exam, should you choose to do so.
  • Speaking, Listening and Communication – An important element of the English programme is the speaking, listening and communication (SLC) module. This module will improve your verbal communication skills and help to prepare you for your own SLC exam by showing you the best ways to prepare and also giving you examples of the correct way to use various SLC skills on a daily basis.

Once you’ve passed all tutor-marked assignments you will be ready to take your mock exam. The mock exam is marked by your tutor and feedback on readiness for the exam and any recommended revision areas are given.  Then you’ll be ready to book your exam. 

When you're ready for your exam, please contact upskilluk@learndirect.com

Before you can book your exam you must pay off all instalment plans in full.

Functional Skills English Level 2 Including Exams

Key Points

  • Develop practical skills in English
  • Learn how to understand text, recognise bias and write in different styles
  • Gain a nationally recognised GCSE alternative qualification
  • Get enhanced tutor support
  • Online exam included

About your Courses

Functional Skills courses are designed to give you the key practical skills you need to use English in your everyday life. This course bundle allows you to study and gain nationally a recognised GCSE alternative qualification.

Functional Skills qualifications can help to improve your job prospects as well as get onto college and university courses. Additionally, you will develop skills that will give you greater confidence in work and at home whether that’s creating a budget or writing a formal letter.

This course option also provides you with a specialist tutor who will guide you through your learning. You will receive an hour of one-to-one time with your tutor focussed on your unique needs and additional learning in areas you find difficult. You will be given an email address for your tutor who will be available for support during office hours.

In addition, you will have tutor-marked assignments and a full set of mock exams, all with feedback from your specialist tutor identifying any areas where you need further revision.

When you have completed the course material, you’ll be ready to sit your online exam. Your exam is included in this bundle so there are no further fees. All you need to do is contact exams@learndirect.com and get it booked. The exam is invigilated so you’ll need a working web cam.

Upon gaining your Functional Skills Level 2 in English, you'll get a qualification that is the equivalent to a grade C or above at GCSE (new grade 4). This means that you are able to demonstrate your ability to use both English and maths at this level. This is essential for certain careers – such as teaching – so your employment prospects open up considerably.

Getting Started

Our courses contain all of the learning material you will need to stand the best chance of passing your exam, all the way from entry levels right up to level 2.

Our English course has been written by subject specialists so you can be confident that you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to use what you have learned effectively.

We know that no two people are the same, by completing our level and skills checkers you can create a programme made just for you, containing all of the areas of English you need and refreshing those you are already good at.

As part of this bundle, you also get your exam. Your exam will be invigilated remotely online so you can take it from the comfort of your own home! They are delivered by Stonebridge Associated Colleges and accredited by Open Awards. Open Awards is an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) approved Awarding Organisation. Awarding Organisation approved by Ofqual  – the regulatory body who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. Our online offering allows you to learn from anywhere. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

The online learning portal will give you access to all your course materials, whenever you want to study them.

*Please note that entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your Functional Skills qualifications will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

Functional Skills English includes sections on:

  • Reading – This module looks at different types of layout features and how these can impact the reader; reading for information, including looking at biased pieces of work that will help you to work out how much the opinions of certain authors can be trusted. All of the reading skills that you learn will be tested in quizzes and a tutor-marked assignment at the end of each section, ensuring that you are ready to sit your final exam, should you choose to do so.
  • Writing – As well as covering the best way to write certain pieces of text, this module will also test and improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, ensuring that you are ready to sit your final exam, should you choose to do so.
  • Speaking, Listening and Communication – An important element of the English programme is the speaking, listening and communication (SLC) module. This module will improve your verbal communication skills and help to prepare you for your own SLC exam by showing you the best ways to prepare and also giving you examples of the correct way to use various SLC skills on a daily basis.

Once you’ve passed all tutor-marked assignments you will be ready to take your mock exam. The mock exam is marked by your tutor and feedback on readiness for the exam and any recommended revision areas are given.  Then you’ll be ready to book your exam. 

When you're ready for your exam, please contact upskilluk@learndirect.com

Before you can book your exam you must pay off all instalment plans in full.

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