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Functional Skills English Level 2 - Exam Only - Online- Fast Track

  • Ofqual-regulated & Ofsted Recognised
  • Accredited by Highfield-Accepted by universities and employers across the UK as GCSE-equivalent
  • Exams from home- attain your certificate in just 30 days
  • Additional learning Material delivered by BKSB
  • Exam Slots Available Monday - Saturday- Book within 2 days of completing enrolment
  • Exam results within 7 working days
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About this Course

This is an ideal package for those who are confident in their knowledge of English or have had tutoring in English but just need to sit the official exams and achieve the Level 2 qualification.  Look no further, as we have your solution! After passing the three exams, candidates will achieve the English Functional Skills level 2 certificate. 

Functional Skills English qualifications are nationally recognised, and Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE Grade C (Grade 4). 

To sit your exams, you will need to complete a short enrolment and the practice tests first. Once completed, you will have immediate access to our exam booking calendar. Exams are available throughout the week and can be in the comfort of your home or workplace. 

You have three months to prepare for and pass the exams, This exam is taken remotely so that you can sit it in the comfort of your home. 

Exam slots are available Monday - Saturday every week. We require two working days for exam bookings. You will receive results within 7-10 working days via email.

What's included?

Initial assessments, practice tests, remote exam set-up instructions, and the official exam from home or your workplace. 

As we are always looking for ways to help our learners, we have added additional learning material you can access through your dashboard. This includes diagnostic assessments and additional material to get you prepared sufficiently for your exam delivered by BKSB.

If you require Maths functional skills alongside this, then please follow the link here.

Additional preparing material delivered by BKSB- bskb is a global leader in improving English and Maths skills.

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Why take this course?


The Level 2 English Functional Skills course will help to improve your reading and writing as well as your speaking & listening abilities. Many universities accept these courses for Access-to-Higher-Education, while most employers will favour job seekers with these well-known qualifications, so it's a win-win situation for you.


Once you have successfully completed the Level 2 Functional Skills exam, learners will receive a GCSE equivalent Functional Skills English certificate. This is an internationally recognised qualification and is accepted by many UK and overseas universities. This opens up many opportunities for Further and Higher Education.


There are no formal or academic requirements for completing this Level 2 Functional Skills English exam. However, candidates enrolling in this course must be over 16 years old and be at a level to take the exam right away.

Why should I take Functional Skills?

Functional Skills qualifications can be a vital stepping stone on your path to career success. They provide the foundation for developing many different skill sets and are very widely accepted as Access to Higher Education! Most UK Universities recognise the Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths as a GCSE equivalent qualification and are usually happy to accept them on enrolment.

Key Information

Course Duration

You’ll have 3 months to complete the exams. However, learners are usually able to complete the examinations much sooner. We recommend booking the exams as soon as possible, just in case retake exams are needed to be booked again- and your entry to work or uni is looming and depends on having this qualification. So give yourself plenty of time.

Course Location

This Level 2 Functional Skills Exam is 100% online, regulated by Ofqual and available to learners throughout the world, and can be accessed anywhere with a stable internet connection. Please check the Remote Invigilation requirements in the FAQ area.

Course Support

By choosing The Learning Station to provide your Level 2 Functional Skills English exam you will also have access to a number of past test papers and additional revision materials. If you need to obtain this GCSE equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills Exam - then you need to enroll today.


How long does the course take?

You’ll have 3 months to complete all exams, however, learners are usually able to complete the examinations much sooner. We recommend booking the exams as soon as possible, in case retake exams are needed to be booked.

What do I need to do?

Step-by-step guide to your Functional Skills course:

      • Upload some valid UK photo ID
      • Complete the Maths and English Initial Assessments
      • Pass the practice tests
      • Read through the exam procedures / pre-booking tasks
      • Book your exams in once all enrolment is complete!

What happens after my exam expires?

If you have not sat or passed all of your exams within the 3-month exam duration, you will have to pay for the exam again. You will however not need to resit any passed exams if you passed during the 3-month duration. For example, if you pass your writing exam within the 3-months but fail your reading exam and you need to book another reading exam after 3 months, you will need to repurchase the exam only product again, but you won’t have to resit the writing exam.

What are the pass marks?

Writing: 33 out of 54 marks (61.1%)

Reading: 20 out of 30 marks (66.6%)

Speaking & Listening: Pass/Fail

Is this exam recognised?

Yes, this exam and certificate is Ofqual regulated and accepted by universities and employers as a GCSE Equivalent.

The awarding body is Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance, one of the UK’s top awarding bodies.


How many exams will I have to pass to get my certificate?

There are 3-exams that you need to complete for English, including a Reading Exam, Writing Exam, and a Speaking & Listening Assessment. The Reading and Writing exams are completed back to back, and the Speaking & Listening assessments are run every other Wednesday via Zoom. 


If you want your Writing and Reading exams to be paper-based exam, you will need to opt to sit your exams in our London test centre.

How long is each exam?

Online Examination


Reading: 1 Hour Examination

Writing: 1 Hour Examination

Speaking & Listening: 90 minutes Assessment


What is the availability for exam days?

Exam slots are available Monday - Saturday every week. We require two working days for exam bookings.

These slots are subject to availability.

What if I can’t make the exam on my chosen date?

If you cannot attend your exam or miss your exam with less than 3-working days notice, you will need to pay the retake fee if you wish to reschedule your exam.


If you are able to provide 3-working days notice, we can reschedule your exam with no fees. You must receive confirmation from us (via email) to confirm that your exam has been rescheduled. If you have not received an email with a changed exam date, your exam has not been rescheduled. Please ensure you receive this email.

What if I don’t pass my exams?

If in the unfortunate event you are not successful with your examination, please see below:


  • Speaking and Listening Retake = £80.00


  • Reading Retake (Remotely invigilated) = £75.00


  • Writing Retake (Remotely invigilated) = £75.00


  • Reading and Writing Retake Combined (Remotely invigilated) = £140.00


You can retake as many times as you like. 

You can request for your examination to be re-marked; however, this is subject to a £80.00 remarking fee.

How do I book my exam?

When you have finished your enrolment and passed your practice tests, you’re ready for your exams! Simply choose a date using our online booking calendar available on your course dashboard which will be made available when your progress bar is all green.

Can I get extra time if I have learning difficulties?

You can get extra time providing you email the evidence to [email protected]. The subject line should read: ‘Extra time needed in the exam’. An example of evidence would be a Doctor’s letter stating the reason for the extra time needed in the exam. The extra times available are 25% or 50%, however, 50% of extra time is only offered in exceptional circumstances.

How long do I have to wait for my results?

Results can take anything up to 32 working days to be generated, but we usually see them within a couple of weeks.

How long do I have to wait for my certificate once I pass my exams?

Your certificate is automatically generated and will be sent to you by email once your results are in - usually within 7 -10  working days.

This certificate lasts a lifetime!

How do I log into my course?

Approximately 15 minutes after purchase, you will receive your login details by email, including a link and instructions to log into your course. You can also find your learning portal by clicking on the ‘student login’ button on our website, or by clicking here; lms.thelearningstation.co.uk

Why do I have to complete the enrolment, and the Maths and English assessments?

No matter what course you’re doing, you must complete both tests and the full enrolment as it is part of the UK government requirement needed for our enrolment procedure and compliance. They are important because they tell us what level you’re currently working at.

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The Learning Station is fast becoming one of the UK’s top providers of online tuition with many students happily completing their chosen Online & Distance Learning courses. Whatever your reason is for enrolling on one of our courses, you can rest assured that you will be supported by a highly qualified, experienced and helpful assessor.

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