Functional Skills English Entry Level 2 is the first of five English qualifications that will help you learn English skills for the workplace and at home. At Entry Level 2, you’ll learn about the following English topics: speaking, listening and communicating, reading and writing.

English Entry Level 2 – Speaking, Listening and Communicating

  • 1. Identify and extract the main information and detail from short explanations.
  • 2. Make requests and ask clear questions appropriately in different contexts.
  • 3. Respond appropriately to straightforward questions.
  • 4. Follow the gist of discussions.
  • 5. Clearly express straightforward information and communicate feelings and opinions on a range of straightforward topics.
  • 6. Make appropriate contributions to simple group discussions with others about a straightforward topic.

English Entry Level 2 – Reading

  • 7. Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2.
  • 8. Understand the main points in texts.
  • 9. Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts.
  • 10. Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker).
  • 11. Read and understand sentences with more than one clause.
  • 12. Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information.

English Entry Level 2 – Writing

  • 13. Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, capital letters, question and exclamation marks).
  • 14. Form regular plurals.
  • 15. Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order.
  • 16. Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2.
  • 17. Communicate information using words and phrases appropriate to audience and purpose.
  • 18. Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth).
  • 19. Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses.
  • 20. Use adjectives and simple linking words in the appropriate way.

Where can I learn Functional Skills English Entry Level 2?

To find entry level 2 English courses near you, use the National Careers Service Course Finder. Organisations that offer free English entry level 2 courses for adults include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Adult education centres
  • Some libraries
  • Other training providers