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

English Level 2 – Speaking, Listening and Communicating

  • 1. Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations.
  • 2. Follow narratives and lines of argument.
  • 3. Respond effectively to detailed or extended questions and feedback.
  • 4. Make requests and ask detailed and pertinent questions to obtain specific information in a range of contexts.
  • 5. Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required.
  • 6. Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence.
  • 7. Use language that is effective, accurate and appropriate to context and situation.
  • 8. Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward.
  • 9. Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium.
  • 10. Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register.

English Level 2 – Reading

  • 11. Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details.
  • 12. Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed.
  • 13. Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts.
  • 14. Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes.
  • 15. Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources.
  • 16. Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources.
  • 17. Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias.
  • 18. Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion.
  • 19. Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice.

English Level 2 – Writing

  • 20. Punctuate writing correctly using a wide range of punctuation markers (e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks).
  • 21. Use correct grammar (e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of a range of tenses, definite and indefinite articles) and modality devices (e.g. to express probability or desirability).
  • 22. Spell words used in work, study and daily life, including a range of specialist words.
  • 23. Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively.
  • 24. Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience.
  • 25. Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables).
  • 26. Convey clear meaning and establish cohesion using organisational markers effectively.
  • 27. Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose.
  • 28. Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate.

Where can I learn Functional Skills English Level 2?

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

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