Functional Skills English Entry Level 3 is the third of five English qualifications that will help you learn English skills for the workplace and at home. At Entry Level 3, you’ll learn about the following English topics: speaking, listening and communicating, reading and writing.

English Entry Level 3 – Speaking, Listening and Communicating

  • 1. Identify and extract relevant information and detail in straightforward explanations.
  • 2. Make requests and ask concise questions using appropriate language in different contexts.
  • 3. Communicate information and opinions clearly on a range of topics.
  • 4. Respond appropriately to questions on a range of straightforward topics.
  • 5. Follow and understand the main points of discussions.
  • 6. Make relevant contributions to group discussions about straightforward topics.
  • 7. Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view, respecting conventions of turn-taking.

English Entry Level 3 – Reading

  • 8. Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3.
  • 9. Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts.
  • 10. Identify different purposes of straightforward texts.
  • 11. Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types).
  • 12. Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links).

English Entry Level 3 – Writing

  • 13. Use a range of punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas).
  • 14. Form irregular plurals.
  • 15. Use mostly correct grammar (e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of tense, definite and indefinite articles).
  • 16. Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order.
  • 17. Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3.
  • 18. Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and in a logical sequence (e.g. chronologically, by task).
  • 19. Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified).
  • 20. Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points.
  • 21. Write in compound sentences and paragraphs where appropriate.
  • 22. Use language appropriate for purpose and audience.

Where can I learn Functional Skills English Entry Level 3?

To find entry level 3 English courses near you, use the National Careers Service Course Finder. Organisations that offer free English entry level 3 courses for adults include:

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